Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Siskin X 2

Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

A fortunate find yesterday whilst out walking in the Parkland.
I could hear a number of Goldfinch singing high up in alder trees, I stopped to look at them through my binoculars. Walking on a little further I observe more bird movement, a splash of bright yellow in the dull over cast light at the time. This was the first sighting of two that I made and it was the adult male below. Typically I couldn't get a direct open view of it as there were twigs in the way, but the three shots I did get are below. Then I observed another bird moving close by and this was a first year male Siskin which was a little more exposed, but farther away.

Adult male Siskin

First year male Siskin






26 comments:

  1. Such pretty birds. And they look like spring too with their yellow/golden colours!

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    1. They certainly brighten up a dull day Helena.

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  2. I hope see Carduelis spinus this winter.
    He's so beautiful. I love her color. He look like to my birds when i was younger
    Good Day Roy :)

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    1. Thanks Nathalie. It was a nice to see something a little different.

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  3. Those darn twigs!...lol. Well spotted Roy, it's always nice to see these colourful birds...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes they never seem to be in the open, extremely uncooperative of them.{:))

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  4. siskins in the sunshine - a lovely sight!

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    1. Thanks Wilma, there wasn't a lot of sunshine unfortunately.

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  5. heerlijke foto,s van deze sijsjes je hoort ze meestal wel maar zien is wat anders.

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  6. Lovely photos of the siskins, Roy.

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  7. You have such fantastically colored birds. Ours seems to be more muted this time of year.

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    1. We get some nice colourful species visiting this time of year as well Laura.

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  8. Nice shots Roy. I think I have only seen them visit a couple of times.

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  9. The siskin's prominent yellow brightens up the day! I also like how their wings are coloured, it's a nice pattern (if there is a pattern but it seems so).

    BTW Nice change of your blog, there is much more space and light in it now. :)

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  10. Nice find Roy! A lot harder to see this year compared to last, only seen a couple myself.
    J
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    1. Thanks John, yes I think this is only the second lot I have seen.

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  11. Hey Roy... Lovely to see some color in the dull of the winter months!! Nice photo's even if there is twigs in the way it is the way it is after all, just natural!!

    Grace

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  12. What does the adult siskin still wonderful and beautiful bright colors!
    Beautiful to behold.

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    1. Thanks Helma. I was lucky to see these two.

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  13. I really like your Siskin. It looks like a cross between our American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin. Both are in the genus Carduelis.

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    1. They certainly add some colour to the dull weather Steve.

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