pine siskin (Carduelis pinus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4.25 inches
small, seed-eating bird
Short, conical bill
Brown upperparts with heavy streaking
Pale underparts with heavy streaking
Yellow patches in wings and tail-not always visible
Short, forked tail
Distinctive call note given in flight
The pine siskin can be identified by its yellow patches in the wings and
tail. When these are not visible, as on a perched bird, it can look like a
sparrow. It is smaller than sparrows and lacks a pale supercilium.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 2-6
Length of Incubation: 13 days
Days to Fledge: 14-15
Number of Broods: 2?
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley