While chatting on the phone and idly looking out the window, I noticed an odd Siskin with a small flock pecking around on the ground under the feeders. It looked positively lemony compared to the other hundred or so swirling around the yard. People have been reporting “green-morph” Pine Siskins here and there. I wonder if that is what I have. I looked in big Sibley and he calls it a “Yellow Adult.” Look at it on the bottom right of the feeder. It has more pronounced yellow on the wing and look at that butter butt! It’s undertail is a pale yellow too. Being only 1% of the population, I did not think I would see one. But, by Jove, I think I have one. What do you think? Have you ever seen one?
I wasn’t going to participate in the GBBC this year since I am leaving for Texas on Sunday morning and won’t be able to finish the weekend. I half-heartedly noticed 2 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch and 1 Downy Woodpecker yesterday morning when I filled the feeders.
BUT, this morning, I happened to look out the kitchen window and HOLY Pine Siskinagogo (if I can borrow the term from @ratcliffe). There are hundreds of them in the backyard. Literally. They are EVERYWHERE: in the trees; on all the feeders, in the shrubs, the ground is alive with them. I wish there was a way of sharing just what I am seeing. It is like a scene from the “Birds” and would be frightening if they weren’t 5″ long.
Quick, run to the window. What are you seeing?
I woke up to a world turned to glass. Every paved surface was as smooth as a skating rink and icicles dripped from the trees. The rain that everyone else had down below was freezing rain on the mountain. The backyard was a flurry of activity as the regular crowd ate its way through yesterday’s seed. Unable to leave the house, I couldn’t make it out to fill the bird feeders. With no other option, I stood in the doorway to the deck and tossed handfuls of seed out onto the wind and the ground. Within an hour, the backyard regulars had been joined by a flock of 20 Goldfinches, 35 Pine Siskins and 1 female Purple Finch.
I have been seeing Pine Siskin flocks flying over, but they had not visited my offerings until today. And today, I am awash in them.
I happily stood in my toasty house and took photo after photo.
I see on the local ListServ that many people had an influx of Siskins to their feeders during the storm.