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Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Spinus
Species: pinus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Paradise, California
Crestview, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Montpelier, Idaho
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Le Center, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conway, Missouri
Elsberry, Missouri
East Glacier Park, Montana
Marlton, New Jersey
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Himrod, New York
Orchard Park, New York
Poughkeepsie, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Corning, Ohio
Grants Pass, Oregon
Katy, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Hurt, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Shelton, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Lander, Wyoming
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 17, 2013, themikesmom wrote:

we saw these for the first time this early spring at our feeder. There were 4 tiny females that looked pitiful like they were starving that we mistook for gold finch, and after reading here that they migate here from florida to start spring and that they depend on watching the gold finch to find food, we know now they really were starving. They were in bad shape and also afraid of people when they first came here about two weeks ago, now they are looking healthier as they have been eating everyday and like if to thank us, they now let us get close in the yard to watch them eating.


On Dec 31, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love to see this bird eating from the feeders each winter. Usually my yard is a way-station on their trek back north to the nesting grounds, so seeing them really is the First sign of spring. They tend to travel in groups with other birds, and depend on local chickadees to show them where the feeders are.


On Feb 25, 2009, candyinpok from Mid-Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This year we've had 10 to 15 of these at our feeders daily. I don't ever remember this happening before. Usually we have lots of finches, but not the Pine Siskins. I wonder what's up?


On Feb 15, 2009, MzMunchken from Crestview, FL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a winter migrant to NW Florida - seen primarily on finch socks.


On Jan 11, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Seen at my feeder some years during winters, not all years - usually mixed with goldfinches and a few house finches. Strongly resembles goldfinches in size and wings, but have stripes on bellies. May have yellow in its wing bars along with white.
Can be semi bold around humans.


On Dec 30, 2008, dahlianut from Calgary, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

This bird migrates through my region.