Pine Siskins

Nothing but cruddy weather here again today, I hope it at least brings some snow to the Salt Lake Valley but on gray days like this I start thinking about spring’s arrival, what the spring migration will bring and camping!

This Pine Siskin image was taken the first time I went camping in the high Uintas of Utah. The campsite was very close to the Bear River with willows on the shoreline and huge pines that shaded the campsite plus it was warm enough that I could take off my shoes and stick my feet into the water. It is an amazing location.


 Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) in the high Uintas -  Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

While exploring the area and it’s breath taking beauty I spotted a large flock of Pine Siskin’s feeding on the seedheads of Mule Ears (Wyethia amplexicaulis).

Pine Siskins are in the Finch family and can be found where there are conifers, spruces and pines and quite often in parks and suburbs. There were well over 100 birds in this flock and it was a challenge to keep up with the fast moving Siskins. They may not be as flashy as their American Goldfinch relatives but they are beautiful, fascinating birds.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Super shot Mia. I just had my first of the season at my feeders the other day (that I know of). Last year had dozens daily all winter. I missed them.

    • Dan, thanks for your comment on this Siskin image. Since it has been so warm here haven’t been many birds at the feeder so I haven’t seen any Siskins this winter, I’ll have to look for them in the mountains this summer.

  2. Boy, you sure captured this one nicely, Mia. Great photo.

  3. Mia, outstanding capture of a beautiful Pine Siskin! I’ve noticed a few in our area (midwest) of late. I was surprised to see three of them snaking on a suet block.

  4. Lovely photo Mia. I love Pine Siskins. We have them here in New Mexico, and I occasionally see them at my feeders in Corrales.

  5. Nice shot, Mia. Beautiful setting. We’ve been missing these birds. Last year they were a regular visitor through much of the year, and now we’ve seen not a one for months.

  6. I love this habitat shot, Mia. They are handsome birds. I keep watching my feeders, hoping to see one.

  7. Outstanding job showcasing this bird’s beauty. Sounds like a great place for camping!

  8. Lovely shot! It’s a beautiful bird with those hints of yellow, but I think it’s the Mule Ears all around that make this picture wonderful.

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