[Tweeters] advice about bird feeders and Pine Siskins -- update?

THOMAS BENEDICT benedict.t at comcast.net
Thu Feb 11 06:15:07 PST 2021

The Pine Siskin ‘invasion’ seems to have moved on, or dispersed, at least in my neck of the woods. I have seen only one in the past couple of weeks.

I recall that there wasn’t convincing evidence that seed feeders were contributing to the siskin's illnesses. The thought was that many of them were in bad condition on arrival and were succumbing ‘naturally’ and that seed feeders were not a significant factor in their demise. At least that’s what I remember from the threads. I’m sure others will chime in.

We took our seed feeders down a few years ago, but that was to mitigate a rodent problem. We stick with suet now.

Tom Benedict
Seahurst, WA

> On 02/10/2021 1:15 PM Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone at gmail.com> wrote:



> Hi, Tweeters,


> We've had our seedfeeders down for a month. I've seen one (healthy) Pine Siskin in the meantime -- on the birdbath.

> What is the current advice about having feeders up? I had originally heard they should be down until "at least March." Is there more recent info?


> Thanks,

> Ellen Blackstone, Wedgwood, Seattle

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