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Old 9th January 2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Is this a siskin?

No photo - sorry!

Small bird, I think about small blue tit sized but skinnier.
Primarily a dull greyish green colour with a really obvious yellow bar going across the wing at about 45 degrees (as opposed to along the wing as with greenfinch). Also has fairly distinct yellow "eyebrow". No obvious cap on head, which is why I'm not sure.

Any ideas?
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Old 11th January 2015, 09:15 AM   #2
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Yes, sounds as if it could be a female siskin, and they tend to be a fairly common garden visitor at this time of year.The females usually appear quite streaky.
They are gregarious and it's unusual for one to be on it's own for too long.
They are very fond of nijer seed, but aren't too fussy. The old fashioned red peanut bags used to attract them like a magnet, some said that this was due to the red bags looking like larch cones, an natural favourite of the siskin.
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Old 12th January 2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks Shamal :-)

It is interesting what you said about them being gregarious as I have never seen another siskin...
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Old 6th February 2015, 03:55 PM   #4
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We've only got a pair - will try filling my old red metal peanut holder and see if more come round. They don't stand much chance on the nyjer seed feeder with the goldfinches!
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