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

1:00 pm Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our Fourth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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