Posted by: atowhee | February 26, 2020


Today we had seven siskins at our feeders in McMinnville, high for this season. They are tough little customers, tolerating other finch species but not sharing with “others” like warblers or chickadees or–gawd forbid–Bushtits. I first image they share with a couple female Lesser Goldfinches, similar in smallness.

Not all birds eat upside down.  Robin?  Song Sparrow?  But smaller finches do, along with nuthatches, other small gleaners like warblers or chickadees or kinglets.  When we had a squirrel-proof feeder, seeds were available only at the bottom and Steller’s Jays learned to hang over the edge, tail pointing to the sky, head heading down.

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