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#1 BirdieBetsy

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

I am having flocks of these little birds, along with Pine Siskin's, eating all my seed. Are these house finches? They are eating the thistle and the sunflower seeds. Newnan, Georgia.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

These are all Pine Siskins, a House Finch wouldn't have any yellow, they would also have bigger bills. :)

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#3 BirdieBetsy

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

Ok...wow...hungry little birds! Thanks.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

These are all Pine Siskins, a House Finch wouldn't have any yellow, they would also have bigger bills. :)


Agree. All of the birds in this photo are Pine Siskins.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

Ok...wow...hungry little birds! Thanks.


Am seeing reports of hundreds of Pine Siskins at backyard feeders in NC, SC & GA in the past week. Everyone is saying that the Pine Siskins are cleaning out their feeders by midday so you are not alone. :)

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Consider yourself lucky - I live in MD, and this year is only the second time in 25 years of bird feeding that I have ever had pine siskins!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Consider yourself lucky - I live in MD, and this year is only the second time in 25 years of bird feeding that I have ever had pine siskins!


Any thoughts about why? It's interesting!

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--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

I usually see them. This year non. They all bypassed me and flew south. lol

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

They come and go. I never know how many of them would come, when and for how long they'd stay. There could be just a couple of them or a hundred, they'd spend an hour or stay for a month. It's always fun to watch them :)
Sometimes they bring other finches with them. Three days ago there were Red Crossbills!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

Any thoughts about why? It's interesting!


This year is an irruption year for northern finches - there are a lot more of them coming a lot farther south than usual. They are normally seen in MD in winter, but very sporadically. When they were here in November, they were with a couple dozen purple finches. I normally get 2 or 3 purples a year, and only in the dead of winter.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

Any thoughts about why? It's interesting!


There's a poor cone crop on a lot of conifers in the finches normal range (probably due to the drought this year), so they're irrupting further south than usual in search of food.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

There's a poor cone crop on a lot of conifers in the finches normal range (probably due to the drought this year), so they're irrupting further south than usual in search of food.


Makes perfect sense. Thank you! I realize sometimes we may never understand why some things happen, but other times (like this) we can! I appreciate it.

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-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

The goldfinches are cleaning my feeders out I know that I have over 50 here daily in the last week.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

The goldfinches are cleaning my feeders out I know that I have over 50 here daily in the last week.


Yep. I had almost none a month ago, now my feeder is almost too small and I am thinking about getting a bigger one:) I just looked out there and it's covered with more perching nearby.

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-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
Seen/heard: 305 (one is under discussion)
To go: 60

 

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:46 PM

be glad its not a flock of 200 redpolls.. I have had lots of siskins and 100's of goldfinches, nothing eats thistle faster than redpolls :)
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:49 AM

I had dozens and dozens of Pine Siskins this morning. It was 56 degrees out there, and with the spring-like weather, I think they're on the move early. we've had an exceptionally dry January, I'm seeing birds I don't normally see until later in the spring.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

Thanks for all the information....I do think there are some finches mixed in...and yes, I do consider myself lucky to see all these beautiful little birds enjoying my seed. I probably have about 18 various feeders so it is fun to watch them.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:55 AM

haven't seen any of them in my back yard feeder and I am in NW of GA.... :wacko:

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:03 AM

pine siskins are interuptive, absent one year and around the next, you never know when they will show up

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

I think you mean irruptive. I explained that up in post #10. Even in areas where they are expected to be seen in winter, they are sporadic - traveling around, showing up for a few days, then disappearing.




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