Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baby Pine Siskin! - 14 May 2009

I came home from work this afternoon and found (3) Pine Siskins at the thistle feeder here in Wyandotte. One looked like a baby bird! It even flew to a tree branch and began begging the other two adults for food by rapidly vibrating its wings.

I ran to the house and grabbed the scope and Coolpix P5100 and came back out to the driveway. From 15 feet away I started digiscoping the birds as they calmly ignored my presence.

After a few pics I set the camera to capture a video. I watched as the young bird appeared wobbly on its perch. I wondered whether the bird was ill, but felt that it would be puffed up if it were. I think that it was still trying to get its sea legs.



Examination of the young bird revealed heavy streaking on the chest and bright, buffy wing bars on the greater coverts, (2). Its beak appeared a bit shorter than the adult bird's, but it could just be angle of view. Unfortunately the field guides provide no help in identifying young siskins, and a search of the internet produced only references to the brown/buffy color and short, pointy rectrixes relative to adult birds.
I've had Pine Siskins all spring. At least one bird has been seen daily since January, and occasionally two. They usually show up first thing in the morning (before the Goldfinches) or late in the evening. I've always suspected a nest was nearby, and hopefully this is now proof!

6 comments:

Charles Owens Gallery said...

From the video it looks like it is still trying to figure out how to use the feeder, Congratulations, what are you going to name your new baby?

Kevin said...

Jerry congrats, we recently had a first breeding pair also in New jersey breeding Bird atlas .

dAwN said...

Great photos...cant see the video today..my att internet is slowwwwwwww...but will check back later..I still need to get a new digiscoping camera..going to BH camera in NYC next week.

Islandwoman said...

Today I realized why the young are so easily taken by cats: they allowed me to approach them at the feeder and water supply, and when I extended my fingers with seed, took it happily. Later I coaxed one onto my finger to move it from the sunflower feeder to the niger feeder........quite sweet!

Islandwoman said...

Today I realized why the young are so easily taken by cats: they allowed me to approach them at the feeder and water supply, and when I extended my fingers with seed, took it happily. Later I coaxed one onto my finger to move it from the sunflower feeder to the niger feeder........quite sweet!

Islandwoman said...

Today I realized why the young siskins are so easily caught by cats--they are completely trusting, allowing me to get close enough to feed them by hand! Also hopped onto my finger as I coaxed one from the sunflower feeder to the niger feeder--so sweet!

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