Pine Siskins

Nothing but cruddy weather here again today, I hope it at least brings some snow to the Salt Lake Valley but on gray days like this I start thinking about spring’s arrival, what the spring migration will bring and camping!

This Pine Siskin image was taken the first time I went camping in the high Uintas of Utah. The campsite was very close to the Bear River with willows on the shoreline and huge pines that shaded the campsite plus it was warm enough that I could take off my shoes and stick my feet into the water. It is an amazing location.

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 Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) in the high Uintas -  Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

While exploring the area and it’s breath taking beauty I spotted a large flock of Pine Siskin’s feeding on the seedheads of Mule Ears (Wyethia amplexicaulis).

Pine Siskins are in the Finch family and can be found where there are conifers, spruces and pines and quite often in parks and suburbs. There were well over 100 birds in this flock and it was a challenge to keep up with the fast moving Siskins. They may not be as flashy as their American Goldfinch relatives but they are beautiful, fascinating birds.

Mia

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