Thursday, February 5, 2009

Poking the Pine Siskin

So I'm watching these Pine Siskins on the thistle feeder and am amazed how close they are letting me get to them.




Look how close he is!




Hmmm....he looks so soft. What if I......



...reached out and touched him with one finger! Ha,ha! He flew to another branch and then came right back so I don't think I frightened him too much. Bad Shelley!

35 comments:

Kelly said...

...hehehe...you made me laugh! I've been hoping siskins would visit my feeders this year, but no luck so far.

Jessica said...

Interesting... I was just at my local nature center the other day and i was talking to this guy who was really knowledgeable about Pine Siskins. He said that it is unusual that we have so many this year. He also said that they come from way up in northern Canada and that they have never seen humans before so they really have no fear of us. He said he fills the thistle feeders at the center and most of the time they stay right on the feeder while he is filling it.

Enjoy the Siskins!

Kallen305 said...

I can't believe how close you were able to get to them!! I have only two that come to my yard and I have never tried it before. Hmmmmmm..

Love the photo w/ the caption!! It is so cute!

wendy said...

Hey I like those feeders, but... you don't have a problem with the squirrels ripping them apart?

Ms. ~K said...

I don't blame you for wanting to reach out and touch the Siskin...they are adorable.
We have had more this year than usual too (North Georgia).
Great photos!
Kit

Dorothy said...

You do such a great job photographing your pretty birds. You really did get close!

Daisy said...

Wow! It let you get close enough to try and touch it? How cool is that! You must be a bird whisperer! :D Great photos, Shelley.

Dorothy said...

Hi Shelley, I have an award for you on my blog

dAwN said...

Ha...goo job...you know he will come right back to that thistle! Nice action shot.

Sandy said...

HAHAHA..you made me laugh. I didn't know any other birds feast at the thistle stuff than the goldfinches. I'll have to keep my glasses on to see what really is visiting here...

Deborah Godin said...

So funny!! Maybe just remind him you are the one who hung the thistle sock out in the first place, and a little pat in return isn't too much to ask!

Mark said...

Great post! We're covered up with Pine Siskins here this year (West Georgia). I've got four of those thistle socks hanging together in the backyard. They can squeeze 15 or 16 birds on each sock at a time, plus several dozen on the ground cleaning up. I can get within about 6 feet of my Siskins, but so far not close enough to touch them. I'll have to work on that. :)

Sharon said...

I am giggling at you Bad girl my foot. Great pics. Have a stupid question for you. I love those feeders. Do you think they would work out very well in rainy areas? I have a thistle feeder with screening on it but don't seem to get many birds. HELP paleez. Just bobcats as of late. Big ones! Sharon

Mildred said...

How very sweet. What a treat to get so close.

Bird Girl said...

So funny, Shelley! I think he wanted to touch the hand that feeds him, too! Bonded!

The Early Birder said...

All I can say is FAB.

Tina said...

You should keep trying..you were successful with the chickadee!! Good pictures and so close, just don't make Bob the Dove jealous!!

Shellmo said...

Kelly - I hope some come your way!

Jessica - that is real interesting! Mine were definitely unafraid of me....well until I touched one! ha,ha!

Kallen - you should have heard me laughing after I touched that little Siskin! It was a thrill to say the least!

Wendy - my squirrels don't bother them for some reason. Maybe they're busy raiding my other feeders - ha,ha!

Ms. K - I've seen more siskins this year than any other year!

Dorothy - thank you!

Daisy - can I get my own t.v. show to be a bird whisperer do you think? LOL!!

Dawn - they were very hungry and his buddies gave me a couple squawks too after I touched their friend! :)

Sandy - I think I'm turning into the crazy bird lady! :)

Deborah - my thoughts exactly!

Mark - that's great you have all those thistle feeders! I'm going to pick up some more!

Sharon - I use to take the thistle feeders down when it rains - now we use this plastic lid over it - sort of like an umbrella over the feeder to keep it dry for them.

Mildred - I am happy whenever I am close to my feathered friends!

Birdgirl - he probably ran back to his family and told them what nerve I had to disturb him while he was eating - ha,ha!

Early Birder - thank you!

Tina - I wonder if Bob would eat out of my hand....hmmm!!!!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

That one made me laugh out loud! I just ordered a bird book and got my binoculars out so I can take part in the Backyard Bird count! I am sooo excited!
Beth

Lynne said...

HAHAHA!! I love that you touched the Siskin. I would have done it too!

mon@rch said...

Those Siskins are such fun little birdies!

Onedia Hayes Sylvest said...

Your photos are so lovely.

hillgrandmom said...

ooh.wish I could do that! You are obviously the magic bird lady!

Jayne said...

I've come to call my flock "the cannibals" as they'll skeletonize my feeders within minutes it seems...lol! They get so busy eating, eating, eating that they hardly notice I am standing right there either. :c)

HANNIBAL said...

CUTE! They are fun to listen to too! No poking missy!

Mary said...

LOL! Funny Shelley....and such nerve! I don't think mine are that brave, but maybe I'll try poking one :-)

fishing guy said...

Shelly: That is what is called invading its space. Amazing you could get that close.

Kathy said...

Hi Shelly,
Kit sent me and I love your Pine Siskin photos! They are declining where I come from, San Jose, CA,
though you can see them in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Funny how they let you get so close!
I have to bookmark your blog!
My husband and I are full time rvers, in search of birding places.
Now we have to put Michigan and Georgia on the map for more places!!
We write a travel journal, my husband does the writing and I do the photography, in a blog called:
birdingrvers.com
Happy birding and photography!
Kathy

Ms. ~K said...

I mentioned you and your amazing photos on my blog today!
You are my inspiration,
~K

ramblingwoods.com said...

They are feisty little birds..great photos...

Chris said...

Well, looks like the siskins like your feeders... Very nice pictures... I hope that the squirrel is not eating everything!!!!

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

We are having a bunch of these at our place, too! They love the finch sock, and they do seem fairly tame.

RuthieJ said...

I was taking care of some friends birdfeeders last week and their pine siskins were the same way. Such fearless little birds!

A New England Life said...

You touched him? Really? I just put my thistle feeder back out last night. It's been so cold here they had no interest, at least not as far as I could see.

Enjoy your Siskins! I have yet to see them at my feeders, only Goldfinches.

Sharon

Leedra said...

Can't believe he let you touch him. Love the photo from the top, showing his back.

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