Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year, New Bird

Well, not exactly a new bird, but new to my backyard. I have never seen pine siskins at my feeders before, and the past few days, I have had a bazillion! I love them; they are so tiny and busy - they squabble among themselves even more than the finches. So welcome 2009, and welcome siskins.

19 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Good Omen for 2009, Helen!!! Maybe you'll get NEW birds every month (or more)... To tell you the truth though, I sent you the Pine Siskins since I have had SO many... Hope you enjoy my gift!!!! ha ha

Happy 2009.
Hugs,
Betsy

Natural Moments said...

I love watching Siskins in their groups too. This one looks very healthy and happy. Wishing you happiness and continued good birding in the New Year. Thanks for your nice Comments at Natural Moments. I look forward to your next discovery.

Shellmo said...

Helen - I agree w/ you - I didn't realize the siskins squabble so much amongst themselves - quite humorous to watch! Great photo!

Arija said...

You lucky people who can feed the birds and so get to see them! My only hope of attracting them is with a bird bath since water in summer is not aways to hand in our dry land.
What a cutie your little Pine Siskin is, and so wonderfully captured.

Tina said...

A nice photo to start the new year! He looks a little tired..celebrating too much last eve, I guess.
good photo!

fishing guy said...

Helen: Love the little bird and certainly a healthy specimen. Have a great 2009.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

LOvely picture of the Pine Siskin.We have so many of them,but I always enjoy seeing them.In summer they ted to disappear for awhile and the feeders are so empty.,
blessings,Ruth

Roy said...

That's a good start Helen.

George said...

Enjoy the pine siskins -- they're fascinating to watch.

TSannie said...

How very lovely! I don't think I've ever seen a pine siskin - but they look a lot like sparrow/finches to me so maybe...

BTW - I haven't had ONE goldfinch this year! Well, that could be because I got a new goldfinch feeder and a week later, the squirrels threw it on the ground and ate through the plastic to get at the seed. I really am beginning to dislike squirrels intensely.

Hope your 2009 is full of many blessings, Helen. It's been such fun getting to ~know~ you over these last months.

Here's to the promise of a good tomorrow for all of us!

Bird Girl said...

You really captured that little 'siskin' personality! Very well done, Birdlady! I've had these guys now for two years and your description is perfect 'tiny and busy'!

Jayne said...

Aren't they cute? I know they flock in and eat until the feeders are empty, but I prefer them to the alternatives. :c) Happy New Year Helen.

John Theberge said...

Great shot and a great way to start the new year. I'm getting tons of chickadees and nuthatches to my feeder.

Mary said...

That's a great shot of a pine siskin! They are rather cute. When they mix in with the goldfinches there is such a "sameness" I feel like they are really just little stripped goldfinches. Great start to the year!

a passion 'n frames said...

I love learning the bird names from your page...total delight.... I wish you a busy birdy year !!!

NCmountainwoman said...

Helen, I do wish I could send you dozens of the Pine Siskins that are currently invading our feeders. Nice photograph, even if it is a siskin.

Eve said...

That's great Helen, I've only had a couple here. What a great shot!

Nick S said...

Hey congrats on your first backyard Siskin. You got a great photo too :-)

T and S said...

That's incredible details you got on this bird. Stunning