Thanks to Maryland Master Naturalist Debbie Satorius for these articles on . . .
- The Pine siskin is a wide-spread, gregarious bird that often frequents our area in the winter, as it spends much of its time breeding in the coniferous forests of Canada and the northern United States.
- It forms large flocks during the nonbreeding season and is commonly attracted to seed feeders. This nomadic finch ranges widely and erratically across the continent each winter in response to the presence of seed crops.
- These brown-streaked acrobats flash yellow wing markings as they flutter while feeding or as they explode as a group into flight. They are better suited to clinging branch tips than to hopping along the ground.
- When cold night temperatures plunge far below zero, they can increase their metabolic rates 40% higher than other songbirds their size. They can also increase their winter fat 50% more than their Goldfinch relatives.
- The oldest Pine siskin was identified to be at least 8 years, 8 months old when it was found in Michigan in 1966, having been banded in Pennsylvania in 1958.
Photos by Debbie Satorius
Chicken of the Woods Mushroom
Northern Water Snake
Photo Credit: Debbie Satorius
|Feeds winter pollinators.|
|Flowers through the snow.|