I have a philosophy. I will not harp on the fact that I was right over and over and over again. But I always reserve the right to make my point by saying, “I told you so.” one time. On the subject of an irruptive season for certain winter birds, this is that one time.
If you recall (you probably don’t, so I’ll remind you) back in early October I made a prediction about Pine Siskins. I predicted these darling little birds, usually scarce around my feeding station, would make an appearance in greater numbers this winter season.
Earlier this week, I was advised there were unfamiliar LBBs (little brown birds) around my feeders. Big deal, I thought. LBBs. No shortage of those. Must be sparrows or house finches. But today when I saw them at my niger seed feeder, I figured out what those LBBs are …. Pine Siskins! I was so excited to see them! They are in fierce competition with the gold finches for space at the feeder. I have to clean up my other niger (aka gold finch) feeder and get it out there pronto!
I think you might enjoy this article about how to properly host Pine Siskins. If I’m lucky, they’ll be joined or followed by another LBB not frequently seen at the feeders – redpolls.
I’ll keep you informed. But for now, I have a Christmas tree to finish decorating and my first batch of Christmas cookies to bake.
So, hang out the niger seed feeder and have some winter fun because those Pine Siskins have arrived with big appetites. See? I told you so.