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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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Would appreciate help identifying these birds. I am located in Centreville, Al. These birds have been prevalent at my house this winter eating from my feeders. These photos were taken today, Feb 13. 

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Welcome to Whatbird!!

I agree, Pine Siskins. I also know where Centreville, Ala. is. I was born near Mentone, Ala., up on Lookout Mtn. above Fort Payne!!

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Pine Siskins are very cool birds, I loved watching them interact with each other when I had my feeders up. There were times where I could even stand outside near the feeders and they'd still come, almost completely ignoring me! Plus you may not get them in your yard every year, many of our finches are pretty nomadic from year to year.

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They are fun to watch! I have a large number of them feeding at my five feeders. 30 or more at a time. They knock each other off the feeder when it gets full! I got them a thistle sock this morning that they all seem to like too. I will miss them next year if they aren’t back!

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Welcome to WhatBird! Your Pine Siskins. They have streaky brown down it’s underbelly. Some have a yellow coloring on side of wing and very sharp pointy beaks. The pine Siskins at your feeder are there because the pines and forests have declined. They are becomind endangered. Your bird feeder are sorely needed. You also have redpolls and house finches.

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4 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Redpolls are rare in Alabama.

Agreed. eBird only shows three separate records for the state ever.  

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Thanks for the info @bird rescue! They definitely have an all you can eat buffet here of five feeders being filled daily which they are taking advantage of! Hate to hear they are endangered. I will keep my eyes peeled to see if I have any Redpolls!

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The BirdNuts, Hi, I always value your inputs and expertise on identifying many birds. 

I found my information on Outdoor Alabama. In Alabama the pine Siskins we’re down 75%. I know they are approximately 10,000. I shouldn’t have made that as a stretch. I totally apologize and correct my statement on the Pine Siskins.

On the the Common Redpolls they stated in there article Habitat- found early successional stages, especially at Willow & Alder. Sighting are mostly at feeders.

Again I value your input so can help me taking in questionable information.

Thanks.

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Common Redpolls, while your info is pretty good about their habitat, are also Arctic nesters and simply don't come far enough south to see them in Alabama. They're rare winter visitors in southern Illinois, even.

I wouldn't be surprised if northern Alabama had some mountains high enough for a nesting population of Pine Siskins, and that might well be seriously declining. But they are quite widespread in Canada and Alaska, as well as throughout the Rocky Mountains.

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