Pine Siskin


Pine siskin (Carduelis pinus)

This small, brown-streaked bird is a very “irruptive” visitor. Some years there seem to be none around, while in other winters they are very common. While they do breed here, most of the large flocks we see in the winter disperse north to nest. Siskins, like goldfinches, are attracted to Niger thistle seed in silo feeders – they are exceptional perchers and quite acrobatic in their attempts to feed. They will also take other seeds from the ground. Another good source of winter food for siskins and the small finches are birch and alder seeds. Help attract more birds and perhaps cut down on your feeding bill at the same time by planting one or more of the following: yellow, white or grey birch, and speckled or downy alders.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will