A tame gregarious winter
visitor throughout most of the state, although it may be found in all seasons in
the Black Hills. Pine Siskins behave very similarly as Goldfinches, and
are often found at home feeders with them. Pine Siskins are sometimes
attracted to sources of salt, and many may be killed on salted roads in the
Habitat: Prefers mixed or conifer forest during nesting
season. Found in wide variety of habitats in winter and migration,
including forest openings and edges, brushy fields, and residential areas.
Diet: Mostly seeds of trees such as birch
and spruce, also other seeds, buds, flowers, nectar, and occasionally insects.
Behavior: Will forage at all levels and in all
types of vegetation. They often forage in small groups, including
groups of mixed finches, often including goldfinches.
Nesting: April through July
Migration: Winters throughout most of the U.S.
Summers in Canada, the U.S. Rocky Mountains, New England, and the West Coast.
Bird Feeders: Sunflower seed, thistle seed, occasionally
Conservation Status: Widespread and very common, with numbers
appearing to be stable.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Pine Siskin"
eNature.com: Pine Siskin
Photo Information: February 16th, 2009 - Farm Island
near Pierre, South Dakota -- Terry Sohl
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