Flocks of Pine Siskins

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Pine Siskin


Flocks of pine siskins (Spinus pinus) have been spotted fluttering about North Lookout, as counters record their observations.

Pine siskins are an irruptive, North American finch species that are considered a Common Bird in Steep Decline, due to a decline in population by 80% since 1970. Many factors have been observed to play a role in their decline such as disease, predation, environmental pollutants, vehicle collisions, and loss of habitat. The planting and maintaining of large tracts of coniferous forests could help keep this species common.

Photo by Lada Malek.