Friday, April 29, 2011

Pine Siskin

I think this is a Pine Siskin, which means he's a winter bird for our area. Closely related to the goldfinch.

(Spinus pinus)
"The most common of the irruptive 'winter finches,' the Pine Siskin often remains on the wintering grounds long enough to breed."

(Carduelis pinus)

Carduelis vs Spinus:
itis favors Carduelis.
wiki (1976...Spinus merged into Carduelis)
wiki - carduelis (2009 Cornell link.)

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