pine siskin


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pine siskin

n.
A North American finch (Spinus pinus) having streaked, brownish plumage. Also called pine finch.

pine′ sis`kin


n.
a small North American finch, Carduelis pinus, of coniferous forests, having yellow markings on the wings and tail.
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Noun1.pine siskin - small finch of North American coniferous forestspine siskin - small finch of North American coniferous forests
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
genus Spinus, Spinus - in some classifications considered a subgenus of Carduelis: siskins and New World goldfinches
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Our stations recorded Pine Siskin flight calls from 10 to 16 October 2008 when all three stations were shut down for the season.
While there are no guarantees, the arrival of significant numbers of Pine Siskins in the State well before November can be a good indicator of a strong winter finch year," states John Schaust, Chief Naturalist for Wild Birds Unlimited.
The finch invasion just did not happen in the winter of 2010, but this winter we hear reports of pine siskins at many locations and an increasing number of common redpolls, especially in the north.
Popular offerings include sugar water for hummingbirds and tanagers; live mealworms for bluebirds and American robins; orange halves for orioles; sunflower seeds for grosbeaks, jays, northern cardinals, and chickadees; and nyjer (thistle) seed for finches, pine siskins, and redpolls.
Every day, Trudy watched at the window, observing and writing about each newcomer: the beautiful black-and-white-striped downy woodpecker, the brave, bright-eyed chickadees, the bullying blue jays who chased the other birds away, and the tiny pine siskins who showed the pretty yellow undersides of their wings as they flew.
Soon blue jays and squirrels have joined the mix, scratching for their piece of grain, and goldfinches and pine siskins have arrived, squabbling over the black thistle seed.
Seed-eaters such as evening grosbeaks, goldfinches, and pine siskins prefer black oil sunflower and niger thistle.