How to Attract Pine Siskin

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A member of the finch family, Pine Siskin are small, brown, and heavily streaked. They are known for their sharp conical bill and bright yellow edgings on tail and wing feathers. Many Pine Siskin breed in Canada but migrate south in winter, this migration however isn’t consistent and appears to be related to finding food sources. Pine Siskin are named for their association with Pine trees, they commonly nest and roost in them. In addition, Pine cone seeds are their preferred food source, though they will also eat the seeds of other conifers and deciduous trees. In spring Pine Siskin eat tree buds and while breeding they eat insects. Pine Siskin visit bird feeders in winter time, in fact filling a hanging tube feeder with Nyjer Seed or Hulled Sunflower Seed may be the best way to attract them. Like other northern birds they are also attracted to salt and grit (often taken from roads treated for ice and snow) due to its calcium content. Pine Siskin visit birdbaths. When it comes to finding Pine Siskin check in flocks of American Goldfinch and Dark-Eyed Junco.

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird

  • Brownish-gray with streaks, yellow on wings and tail

Habitat:

  • Primarily evergreen forest or mixed forest

  • Favor habitats with seed-bearing trees

  • Occasionally open fields, backyards

Eating Habits:

  • Named for association with Pine tree seeds but will also eat other confier (Hemlock, Spruce, etc.) and deciduous (Birch, Maple) tree seeds

  • Also: tree buds, grass seeds, wildflower seeds, insects

  • Favor Nyjer Seed and Hulled Sunflower at feeders

Nesting:

  • Evergreen trees - Pine favored

Top Ways to Attract Pine Siskin

Eastern White Pine     Eastern Hemlock     Birch     Maple     Nyjer Seed

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Pine Siskin

Alder (Seeds)     Birch (Seeds)     Eastern Hemlock (Seeds)    Eastern Red Cedar (Fruit)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds)      Elm (Buds)     Maple (Buds, Seeds)               Spruce (Seeds)     Sweetgum (Seeds)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Pine Siskin

Field Thistle (Seeds)     Purple Coneflower (Seeds)     Showy Goldenrod (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds) 

Attracting Pine Siskin with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type: Hopper     Platform     Suet Cage    Tube

Feed: Hulled Sunflower     Nyjer Seed    Suet