[Tweeters] pine siskins

dgrainger at birdsbydave.com dgrainger at birdsbydave.com
Sun Jul 3 14:28:29 PDT 2022

Glister of Goldfinches has a nice alliterative lilt to it. Therefore,
for Siskins, how about "Sisterhood of Siskins," or "Plister of Piney

On 2022-07-03 11:23, Wim van Dam wrote:

> I looked up your question in James Lipton's "An Exaltation of Larks",

> but that one does not mention anything for Siskins. It does, however,

> list a _Glister of Goldfinches_. Given the shared genus Spinus we may

> have to go for a Glister of Siskins then.


> Wim van Dam

> Solvang, CA


> On Sun, Jul 3, 2022 at 9:38 AM <dgrainger at birdsbydave.com> wrote:


>> Our feeder area is now populated "ten to one" Pine Siskin, with

>> flight

>> school and how-to-be-a-Siskin school in high session, which has

>> caused

>> me to ponder the question of What one calls a large gathering?


>> I thought of these:


>> A Circus of Siskins


>> A Silliness of Siskins


>> A Plethora of Pine Siskins


>> A Surge of Siskins


>> A Surfeit of Siskins


>> One youngster Siskin sat on the crown of my baseball cap while I

>> was

>> training the Nikon's lens on an outlier, a non Siskin Mob Member, a

>> Rufous hummer that was examining a Pale Swallowtail which was

>> systematically working columns of catmint blossoms a few feet from

>> my

>> chair. Photographs done, I measured one blossom in images containing

>> the

>> butterfly and also the hummer (separate photos) and discovered that

>> the

>> wing spans were the same. Apparently Rufous was checking to see

>> whether

>> Papilio eurymedon was a territorial intruder.

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