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Flocks of birds eating all my seed.

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

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

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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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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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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.

Julie

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

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

We can usually predict pretty accurately what years they will be irruptive, too, based on food availability. For instance, Ron Pittaway wrote this article in September http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ff2012 predicting the extensive irruptions we're seeing for many species this year.

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This is my second morning without the huge number of Pine Siskins. Even though I complained about the huge cost in bird food I kind of miss them. Also gone are mu purple finches so the must have been traveling together.

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This is my second morning without the huge number of Pine Siskins. Even though I complained about the huge cost in bird food I kind of miss them. Also gone are mu purple finches so the must have been traveling together.

They must be close to leaving here too. Of all the birds this winter, I think I will miss the pine siskins the most this spring. :( :(

But think of all the warblers in a few months! :D :D

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Great picture... I have not seen pine siskins... live in very North east Virginia, maybe they don't come up this far?

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