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A pair of pine siskins have shown up at my feeders. Does anyone else have any?

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Bill, we have dozens. They are here all day, most every day. The Evening Grosbeaks come and go but the siskins are regular boarders.
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Me too (regarding having dozens and dozens and dozens). They are eating black oil sunflower seeds and thistle/niger seed.

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A few of them just showed up at my feeders last week.


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The other day I would say we had 100 plus they drained both feeders of shelled sunflower seeds and half of the thistle feeder.


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we have them in droves as well. crossbills have been here for a few weeks now and a pair of flickers are setting up house

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and speaking of flickers... What an amazing creation! This handsome guy was loading up shortly before one of last weekend's snow squalls.

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beautiful!

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The birds are so fun to watch with their antics. I have mostly the little ball-like pygmy nuthatches and just love to watch them. And a new bird at my feeders in the morning just makes my day.


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This is pretty goofy but......Do you have nicknames for your bird visitors? We call the pine siskins "zipper birds" after their spring song, and the pygmy nuthatches remind me of pods of tiny dolphins (aka "bibitty bobbitty boos" after the birds in Dusney's Cinderella)


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I don't, but I LOVE your names ♥

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We call the Steller Jays "dinosaurs" as they are so big compared to the other birds. And shorten the pygmy nuthatches to "pigs" so we can say "pigs do fly".

And we do name the squirrels. There is BS (big squirrel), fitchy, and twitchy, and little guy. Fitchy has taken to jumping 4 feet up to the square bird feeder, hanging by his tail and hind feet, to reach down to the seed openings. ***sigh***

I had my flat bird feeder in front of a sliding glass door and could really see the birds well each morning. But BS figured out how to climb up the wooden separator between the windows and jump horizontally about 3 feet to the feeder.

The great squirrel battles continue - those big fox squirrels are a worthy adversary.


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