We have been banding American goldfinches – 30 to 50 or more a day, and still are catching bandless birds. This adult male stood out in the crowd today, as he was much more brightly colored than most of his companions, which have faded to shades of greenish-gold and mottled browns.
There were evening grosbeaks inspecting the feeders this morning, but none of them ventured near. We haven’t seen them – or the pine siskins mentioned in the earlier post, in a great many years. I was in Florida, but I’m going to venture a guess of at least 15 years (haven’t looked up the records yet). Birders everywhere in the area are hoping for an incursion year of finches – self included.
And then she realized she never did post about the pine siskins! So, here is a pine siskin!