Could This Be Another Pine Siskin Irruption?



The () is another irruptive bird species like the which is still hanging around my house. I am getting these finches at my feeders and at the water feature now. Could this be another Pine Siskin irruption year like the 2008 – 2009 winter?

Pine Siskins are distributed across much of Canada and at higher elevations in the western portions of the United States. Periodically, they will irrupt into parts of the East and into areas of lower elevations in the West1.

It is hypothesized that these irruptions occur due to variations in the bird’s food supply on their wintering grounds. When Pine Siskins irrupt into the southern ranges of the map above, food abundance in their typical wintering grounds may be low. You can read a very interesting report on the “Biennial Irruptions of Pine Siskins Across North America” at the Audubon website. They mapped their information form Project FeederWatch and the Christmas Bird Count data.

Time will tell if we have another irruption on the horizon but for now, let’s just watch the bathing beauties. Click on photos for full sized images.

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin Range

Pine Siskin Bathing

Let’s see if I can get some of that water in those axillars

Pine Siskin Bathing

Like water off a duck’s back

Pine Siskin at the Water Feature

What are you looking at?

Pine Siskin Taking a Bath

Don’t I look pretty now?

Pine Siskin After Bathing

Hey, what about me? Is it my turn yet?

Pine Siskin

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References: 1Audubon’s Biennial Irruptions of Pine Siskins Across North America

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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summer_lee

I have both pine siskins and nuthatches at my feeder this winter, so I am guessing this did turn out to be an irruption year. The nuthatches are entirely new to my feeder this year, though I’ve seen them around in past years. Not sure what changed this year to make them bravely come to the feeder… Thanks for this post!

Nina Stavlund

Nice entry! Love seeing the bird taking a bath :o)