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Northern Visitors [Video]

Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin

Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin

For the past few weeks my northern guest have continued visiting my bird feeders! Three years ago the Pine Siskins actually stuck around all summer and nested in my back yard! Wouldn’t it be neat to have both Pine Siskins and Redpolls spending the summer with me this year??

BTW: I heard that Common Redpolls also made an appearance at Young Naturalist J’s house today!

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22 responses

  1. Tom

    Tom- What a cool video, I love it when the birds fly towards your camera and you can here there wings flap. Thanks for sharing, I’ve never seen these birds in person, so this video was great.


    7 April 2008 at 8:50 pm

  2. I saw both birds in December only. Great video and I love the picture too.

    7 April 2008 at 8:59 pm

  3. Nice video, so clear… it’s almost like they’re here!

    7 April 2008 at 9:14 pm

  4. I just can’t believe you got BOTH on the same feeder! The siskins are still here at my feeders (first time ever) but I never had a redpoll 😦 Nice little movie!

    7 April 2008 at 9:19 pm

  5. Hi Monarch – I just saw this little video on youtube and thought you should check it out and post it if you like it. It’s very funky!

    -Colleen 🙂

    7 April 2008 at 9:37 pm

  6. Looks like you need a thistle seed feeder with a few more feeding stations, Mon@rch…. I saw a Droll Yankee one the other day with feeding ports for 20 birds! Just imagine what kind of finch/redpoll/siskin action you’d get at a full feeder that huge!

    7 April 2008 at 9:45 pm

  7. Beautiful shot and video (a redpoll would be a lifer for me..) however the pine siskins I have to warn you – they really pig out at the feeders! The funky thing about those birds is once they find a spot to feed they just hunker down and just don’t leave until full. 🙂 well maybe it’s just the chubby pine siskins that hang out here – are like that… Great shots!

    7 April 2008 at 10:32 pm

  8. LOB

    Hi Tom,
    We were leaving the Park yesterday when we saw your ospreys. One was sitting on the nest with a stick in it’s beak and the other was in a nearby tree, wacking on a fish! Great sight to see after sitting at a boring meeting on such a fine day! (We did get to watch the ladybugs on the windows – they moved from window to window following the sun.) Wish we had had time to visit your feeders, with siskins and redpolls at the same time!!! Lucky guy – but you deserve them!

    7 April 2008 at 11:07 pm

  9. @ Tom – thanks and I always try to edit the clips for them to do that!
    @ Ruth – thanks and glad you had a chance to see them!
    @ Pinar – thanks and I had some good lighting!
    @ Bird Girl – Ya, once they both started spending time together I knew it was time to capture their pictures!
    @ Colleen – that was such a cute video! Thanks for sharing!
    @ Ruthie – I actually use thistle bags that can hold many birds on it! But what I actually need is more thistle! They didn’t have any at the store that I was at! Guess I need to make a special trip to walmart so they don’t leave me!
    @ aullori – thanks and I think the juncos eat more of the seed than these smaller birds! Thanks
    @ LOB – would have been great to see you and wasn’t it such a wonderful day! Lady bugs are everywhere right now! Thanks

    7 April 2008 at 11:17 pm

  10. I’m glad you pointed out the sound the Pine Siskin makes. Now I’ll be able to pick it out among other bird sounds. I really love your close-up video shots of the birds.

    8 April 2008 at 12:07 am

  11. I always enjoy your videos. Spring is definitely here!!

    8 April 2008 at 1:51 am

  12. That poor Goldfinch didn’t have a chance, did he? :c) So cool to have these both at the feeder and to photograph them together!

    8 April 2008 at 6:35 am

  13. Lisa at Greenbow

    Wow good video. Pine Siskin nesting in your garden. WOW

    8 April 2008 at 7:03 am

  14. I didn’t know Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls stayed sometimes. Perhaps it is because you supply a large amount of food, water, shelter and a place to nest.

    8 April 2008 at 8:15 am

  15. We have Pine Siskins here year round. They are the most fearless little birds on our feeder. All the other birds flee when I go to refill the feeder, but not the pine siskins. I can get right up next them and have a little friendly chat. We never see Redpolls here. What a shame.

    8 April 2008 at 1:36 pm

  16. @ Linda – Glad you learned their song! It is always enjoy sharing them with you!
    @ Heather – Thanks and I hope it is!
    @ Jayne – Nope those gold finch have been just squeezed out! When both were coming to the feeder, I knew it was time to capture it on film!
    @ Lisa – Thanks and more like the tree garden! LOL
    @ Samuel – I think it is more possible to have the Siskins than Redpolls but who knows . . . I could find crossbills! I have in the past nesting here! Although, never did see any this year!
    @ Robin – How great and glad they are such bullies . . . I like them!

    8 April 2008 at 8:24 pm

  17. Nice video! I did see redpolls but never had a chance to see Pine Siskins this year.

    8 April 2008 at 9:36 pm

  18. I always love your videos, Tom.
    I wonder if the goldfinch ever got to have his lunch?

    9 April 2008 at 2:06 pm

  19. I may have had those birds at my feeder but probably thought they were finches. I will keep a closer watch. Thanks for the video.

    10 April 2008 at 10:17 am

  20. Marg

    Oh that was a cool video-I felt sorry for that little goldfinch though

    I hope they do stay with you all summer 😀

    10 April 2008 at 1:17 pm

  21. @ larry – I still have to see my Evening Grosbeaks but I think I maybe heard some today (but maybe doesn’t count)!
    @ Lisa – Thanks and they just move over to the sunflower seeds!
    @ Joan – They can easily be overlooked! Thanks
    @ Marg – Thanks and the Goldfinch were all over the feeders today!

    10 April 2008 at 11:09 pm

  22. Very nice shot indeed! I miss seeing my Redpolls and only saw the Pine Siskin one time. Best of luck, maybe they will stay!

    21 April 2008 at 5:32 pm

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