It’s remarkable. North Carolina hasn’t reported so many Goldfinches and Pine Siskins since the mid-nineties. This year, both birds are ruling backyard bird feeders.
It’s also remarkable that two out of every three days this winter have been cloudy and colder than normal in this otherwise consistently sunny state.
A backyard birder south of the city reports one hundred Siskins at a time, every day, all day. There are about two dozen here and I might need to find a part-time job to afford to feed them. The bird traffic here is astounding this winter. The wonder is, “why?”
If they can’t find a spot on a thistle feeder, they go for the black oil sunflower. Unusual.
I also heard there are many Evening Grosbeaks and Purple Finches in our area. My binoculars are ready! And, do I dare suggest I might have a male Purple Finch on that hopper above? Wrong again?
It’s a pleasure to watch the Pine Siskins every day. They don’t scare easily while feeding so I’m able to get a good look at them. Although they’re pretty and plentiful, I must note my special fondness for the Goldfinches.
If birds can be courteous, they are. Goldfinches wait for a spot at the feeders,
rather than bullying their way through the crowd like some others.
They have a calm, quiet, and sweet beauty about them.
They aren’t camera shy, either. I like that!
Ok, that’s enough on Goldfinches and Pine Siskins until next season…promise.