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Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-17 6:13
Viewed: 5377
Points: 50
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Pine Siskin
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Pine Siskin

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringillidae

Genus: Carduelis

Species: C. pinus

Binomial name
Carduelis pinus
The Pine Siskin, Carduelis pinus, is a small finch.

Contents :
1 Description
2 Distribution and habitat
3 Behavior
3.1 Feeding
4 Conservation status
5 Interesting Pine Siskin Facts
6 References
7 External links

Adults are brown on the upperparts and pale on the underparts, with heavy streaking throughout. They have a short forked tail. They have yellow patches in their wings and tail, not always visible; otherwise, it appears to be a very small streaked sparrow.

Distribution and habitat:
Their breeding habitat is across Canada, Alaska and the western mountains and northern parts of the United States. The nest is well-hidden on a horizontal branch of a tree, often a conifer.

Migration by this bird is highly variable, probably related to food supply. Large numbers may move south in some years; hardly any in others.

Siskins feeding on thistle seedsThese birds forage in trees, shrubs and weeds. They mainly eat seeds, plant parts and some insects. In winter, they often feed in mixed flocks including American Goldfinches and redpolls.

Small seeds, especially thistle, red alder, birch, and spruce seeds, make up the majority of the Pine Siskin's diet. In summer, they will eat insects, especially aphids, which they feed to the young, but seeds dominate their diet.

Carduelis pinus perplexus:
Although considered Washington's most common finch, the Pine Siskin has suffered a significant annual decline in population since 1966, according to the Breeding Bird Survey. Due to the irruptive nature of this species, populations vary widely from year to year, and trends can be difficult to interpret. Parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds can have a significant impact on Pine Siskin productivity, and forest fragmentation has increased their contact with cowbirds. Maintaining large tracts of coniferous forest will help keep this bird common.

Interesting Pine Siskin Facts:
• The name Siskin is derived from its sound or chirp. Thus, this bird’s common name is really “pine chirper”
• Pine Siskins are very social birds. They will build nests adjacent to each other, with only a few feet in between them.
• When eating from conifers, the Pine Siskin usually hangs upside down from the tips of the trees

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Bonjour Jean-Paul,
My friend, we are neighbors in the gallery today. :) Your photo's a top class one with fantastic sharpness, absolutely gorgeous blurry background which frames the bird very well and nice colors. Great composition also with using the branch (of a birch?) as foreground. Maybe, if You compose the bird to the right side of the photo and give more space in front of than behind him, it would even be more effective, but only You know if it was possible at all or not, and I admit the photo's pleasant to look at in the form You composed, too. I don't like the multicolor canvas, but the photo itself is marvelous. Congrats and merci mon ami.
Friendly regards, László

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-17 6:52]

What a wonderful little bird today!
Great details and lovely colors.
Congratulation fro this beauty!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-17 7:19]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Beautiful photo and I totally agree with László about the composition and frame. Very nice natural colours and sharpness. Good POV with eye-contact.

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
quelle belle photo de Tarin des pins, trčs bonne netteté et splendides couleurs, un excellent cadrage et une parfaite maitrise de la lumičre en font una image trčs jolie.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne Journée

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-17 8:31]

Very nice photo of this Siskin female, TFS!

hello Jean paul
great sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Jean-Paul, beautiful diagonal composition with nice bird against a lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-17 10:32]

Salut Jean Paul
Excellente présentation .Bon pvv et image beien en focus.J'adore le contraste entreb le fond sombre et le sujet plus clair
Merci Michel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-17 11:26]

Hello Jeanpaul
Another great picture from you.Excellent details,sharpness,colors,composition,POV, and framing.Excellent done.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Jean-Paul.

What a splendid little bird, taken with clarity and good oof background and good colours. I like the detail showing the pine seeds and the way the branch lies diagonally across the shot.

regards Bill

What a lovely capture!
Colors are so beautiful.
I like the position !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-17 14:49]

Salut Jeanpaul,la lumiere de cette photo est fantastique,elle a cree' un magnifique contraste entre l'oiseau et le derrier,une composition de grande classe et de tres haute qualite',mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-17 21:41]

Hi Jean-Paul.
Lovely shot of a beautiful bird. Its diagonal composition as well as excellent details of the branch and main character, combination of lights and shadows (I mean first of all impressive dark green BG) are fine. TFS and kind wishes.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-03-17 22:52]

Hello Jean-Paul,
A very fine capture of this little Siskin in a nice pose. It stands out sharply against the dark background. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-18 2:54]

Hello Jeanpaul,
I'm here again. Nice this macro. Wonderful details and colors, congratulations.
Waiting for first macro 2010. Spring is here again.
Have a great day,

Namaste Jean Paul,
great capture of this small bird Pine Siskin. Nice focusing, great depth. Beautiful blurred BG and superb exposer. Very well done. Tfs.
Have a nice day.

Hello Jean-Paul,

beautiful little bird you have captured here, very nice colors and details, and the backround fits perfect.
Nicely done
Sorry for late coment

best regardes,

Hello JeanPaul,

an very good presentation from this bird with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-18 21:01]

Hi Jeanpaul,
really an exciting one with the food sandwiched between the beak.
sharpness is well retained and the sttreaks along the wings are so fine and pleasantly featured.
Beautiful composition with excellent uae od light and graphical compo of the branch.


Hallo Jean-Paul
A stunning image, jam packed with wonderful details and fabulous colours, not only on the plumage of the Pine Siskin but in the image as a whole. I like the viewpoint showing the profile of the bird in full, this way we can see the actual size of this lovely little bird. The image is sharp and well presented. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Interesante trabajo Jean Paul. Destacaría la naturalidad conseguida ya que además parece que en esta toma hay poca manipulación electrónica... y eso se agradece.
Buen fin de semana: Josaep Ignasi.

bonjour jeanpaul
brillante image de ce tarin des pins, ssuperbe focus sur sa tęte,
magnifique effet de lumičre sur le plumage de l'oiseau
le fond vert foncé met l'oiseau bien en valeur
Passe un bon WE

Hi Jean Paul,

Excellent capture of a pine siskin in a fine posture on a trunk with great composition and flawless details.
TFS and have a nice WE!


We have these in Calgary; and, I had assumed that these were a cross breed with some Canaries that escaped into the wild.
So that's a "PINE SISKIN" and not a sparrow/canary/cross.
Very sharp & well focused image.
The colours are truely lovely.
Mario from Calgary with most friendly greetings.

Hi JeanPaul
I like the way you captured this colourful male pine sisken eating. It looks like he found a great place for a meal. The lichens add nice textures and colours to you portait as well as the sisken. Perfect DOF, lighting and detail. Your notes are really interesting.
TFS Janice

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