Monday, February 9, 2009

'Green' Pine Siskin - 02/09

Remarkably, in addition to the bird at our feeders on February 6th, we had an even brighter male Pine Siskin just after lunch today. This bird really did have an overall 'greenish' cast to the upperparts and a strong yellow wash on the underparts, ventral region, and surrounding the auriculars. Unlike the bird from Feb 6th, this bird had a bright yellow rump much like Eurasian Siskin along with two yellow wing bars (median coverts dull yellow compared to bright yellow greater covert bar) again vaguely resembling female Eurasian Siskin.

I'm grateful to Sheryl Johnson, David Spector, Mark Szantyr and Scott Surner for offering comments on the green morph of Pine Siskin.

'Green morph' Pine Siskin - the yellowish rump can been here.

Also over North Whitney Street today, 5 White-winged Crossbills.


Kathiesbirds said...

I haven't heard of the Green morph but I have heard that siskins and goldfinches can inter-breed. What a pretty bird though! I saw my first siskin of the year here yesterday.

BirdingMaine said...

Great find! and to have a picture of it too!

I heard of one Green Morph sighting here in Maine this winter.