[Tweeters] Scads of Soggy Siskins

Jeff Gibson gibsondesign15 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 17:29:08 PST 2020

Having just hung up a hanging tube feeder a few days ago - a Thanksgiving gift to my mom and I from my former wife - resulted in swarms of Pine Siskin’s.

But did it really? Pine Siskin’s are somewhat sporadic in distribution, at least in numbers at any given locations. So maybe it was just creating the perfect storm. At any rate the new feeder, and our old feeder, and seed scattered on the deck were also swarmed. We get a few Siskin’s each year, but never so many. Today it was pouring rain and the Siskin’s were soggy.

I guess being flocking birds creates some internal competiton. The Siskin’s were wildly in each others face, pretty much ignoring the feeder usuals,; Towhee’s, various Sparrows, Chickadees, Finches, etc. It was a real feeding frenzy. Then off they went, leaving peace at the feeders.Then back again off and on over several days now.

It did also remind me of how tiny these birds really are.

Jeff Gibson
With the Soggy Siskin’s in
Port Townsend WA

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