But yellow-tipped wing and tail feathers were wrong — and so was that beak. (Pine Siskins have narrower, more delicate beaks than House Finches.) A search through finch-like birds in The Sibley Guide led me to the Pine Siskin page, and there it was — my bird feeder bird of the day: A Pine Siskin.
|Pine Siskin - note the yellow feathers on wings and tail, |
and clear light wing streaks. © SB
In backyard bird photography, the stakes always increase. My challenge now is to photograph a Pine Siskin with sunlight sparkling in its dark eyes. (And yes! I did! And posted the Pine Siksin's lovely colours here, in 2015.)
|Eye reflection, check! |
Pine Siskin on Finch feeder. © SB
Next, with its feathers open, to display those lovely yellow wing bars!
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: May 11, 2013.