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.
Brownish-gray with streaks, yellow on wings and tail
Primarily evergreen forest or mixed forest
Favor habitats with seed-bearing trees
Occasionally open fields, backyards
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
Evergreen trees - Pine favored
Top Ways to Attract Pine Siskin
Trees & Shrubs that Attract Pine Siskin
Flowers & Vines that Attract Pine Siskin
Field Thistle (Seeds) Purple Coneflower (Seeds) Showy Goldenrod (Seeds) Sunflower (Seeds)