Friday, December 12, 2014

MA - Siskin time

After a couple of Pine Siskins on the feeders at home yesterday, this morning saw a much bigger arrival with at least 150 moving SW over North Cross Road in Gill just before sunrise. These birds moved across the landscape in a broad, deep wave rather than a bunched flock or a line. I returned home in Northfield to find 15-20 Pine Siskins wrestling with goldfinches and titmice on our feeders. They looked settled and stayed until mid-morning but I didn't see them at all in the afternoon.

After a great fall for this species in Franklin County, my impression was that many/most Pine Siskins had moved through our area but I think the next few days could provide some nice action in local yards with flocks visiting feeders. Hopefully, one or two redpolls will be found with them.

Pine Siskin - flanked by American Goldfinches, Northfield, Franklin Co., MA. December 12th, 2014.

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