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Eurasian Siskin

This week my Saturday Bird is the Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus). Other common English names include European Siskin, Common Siskin or just Siskin.

The Eurasian Siskin is common throughout Europe and Eurosiberia. It is a member of the finch family and is related to the American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin found in North America.

This is a male feeding on peanuts in a garden in southern Cheshire, England. This photo was published in a U.K. bird watching magazine despite me having submitted photos of the species in natural settings.

Saturday Bird: Eurasian Siskin

5 replies on “Eurasian Siskin”

They’re what is known as an irruptive species meaning they move depending on availability of food. We had a lot in the winter of 2017/18 with a few hanging around in the spring to breed. The next winter we didn’t have any..

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