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