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Pine Siskin

Posted by Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 14 December 2012 in Animal & Insect.

This fall, our backyard has been invaded by a flock of these hungry little birds. They can empty the sunflower seed feeders about as fast as I can fill them. That's O.K. This is the first year I remember seeing them at least in such numbers. There are enough of them to attract a hawk who has come calling twice that we've noticed.

While trying to get a photo, I was looking at the LCD on the camera back to check exposure and one of these little characters landed on the camera strap, looked me over for a moment, and flew off.

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PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

14 Dec 2012 5:19am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

This bird genus is widespread. On the meet here, sometimes

14 Dec 2012 6:00am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Merveilleux petit oiseau avec de la nourriture dans le bec, splendide
Amitié

14 Dec 2012 6:05am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

beautifull !
this bird is special for me... my familly name is a shortest traduction of siskin in polish ^^
see you soon

14 Dec 2012 6:28am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Beautiful little fellow

14 Dec 2012 6:48am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

May be it wanted to shoot you... nice story.. And great shot!!

14 Dec 2012 7:21am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely shot - you even managed to get a catchlight......

14 Dec 2012 7:37am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Wonderful, very good framing and nice tones. I like a lot, great shot.
Have a nice day.

14 Dec 2012 7:42am

helys from Paris, France

So lovely
So tiny
So precious bird
Great DOF, details and colors of the feathers
Nice eyes, action
*****

14 Dec 2012 8:12am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Bang went your chance of a super close up!
Excellent little detailed shot of the bird.

14 Dec 2012 8:53am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie prise ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP

14 Dec 2012 9:25am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un petit oiseau qui tente de survivre dans ce monde difficile !
une belle image !

14 Dec 2012 9:33am

Z from Shanghai, China

It's always amazing question: how many kinds of birds in the world and how many i have ever seen... thanks for sharing this beautiful little one!

14 Dec 2012 9:43am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture !

14 Dec 2012 9:46am

Pedram from Bandar-e anzali, Iran

oh look at this ... :) i love this one

14 Dec 2012 10:03am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

A very beautiful little bird! Nice capture!

14 Dec 2012 10:07am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful closeup .

14 Dec 2012 10:47am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely capture
Catch that hawk will you ...I mean in your lens!!

14 Dec 2012 11:48am

Lucie Pao (By PegM) from ~ ici ou là ~, France

Oh so cute moment here Steve ! Very nice shot.

14 Dec 2012 11:51am

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Nice capture Steve, beautiful details too

14 Dec 2012 12:13pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

This is really an encounter. That wild little birds are so hungry/confident to get so close, this is remarkable to me.

14 Dec 2012 2:21pm

Sam from Chennai, India

So cute. Very beautiful little bird. Great capture. :)

14 Dec 2012 2:32pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

That, is super cute! I like the brown hues in this..Lovely!

14 Dec 2012 2:46pm

Kiki from Ambert, Auvergne, France

They loved your food… and you :)) I adore your story as your image!

14 Dec 2012 3:54pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine, detailed shot of this pretty bird. I keep water and food out all winter, but a very limited variety of birds ever come.

14 Dec 2012 4:30pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful close-up that you've captured with great detail!! I love the flecks of warm colors found in the mulch area.

14 Dec 2012 4:50pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

So nice to know you are helping and feeding some of these beauties. Something so
rare as a bunch of these birds must be exciting, I know I would be so pleased to see
them. Beautiful photo !~

14 Dec 2012 4:55pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Nice capture. The one on your camera strap just let you know he's in charge.

14 Dec 2012 5:28pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

How delightful that one landed on your strap! This is a fabulous image of this adorable bird.

14 Dec 2012 6:27pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautifully captured Steve, a wonderfully detailed image

14 Dec 2012 8:12pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

What a great up close capture!

14 Dec 2012 8:59pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful close-up!

14 Dec 2012 9:01pm

Eligreg from Madrid, Spain

Marvelous capture!

14 Dec 2012 9:03pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful close-up

14 Dec 2012 10:00pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fabulous capture!

15 Dec 2012 2:10am

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

beautiful close up! That is too cute that one of the birdies landed on you! :-)

15 Dec 2012 3:53am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The one which laded on your camera strap...just wanted to say "THANK YOU!"...Isn't it nice?!

15 Dec 2012 6:34am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Lovely shot!

17 Dec 2012 5:08am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice pose here-I like that little bit of yellow on the wing. I have only seen this bird once-in Colorado. I wish they would come to my yard.

17 Dec 2012 10:23am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

cute li'l critters, aren't they? :) nice catch!

20 Dec 2012 2:36pm