|Date: ||Sat, 10 Jan 2009 09:59:52 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship@COMCAST.NET>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship@COMCAST.NET>|
|Subject: ||New Backyard Bird in Cobb Co. 1/10/08... You guessed it!|
Alright, so I couldn't resist :)
I went out to refill the feeding station after letting it run dry while
out of town over the holidays. As I was putting scoops of choice blend on
the trays and filling up the niger tube, I actually heard the
loud "zzzrrrrrrrreeeep!" of PINE SISINS coming from the conifers in a
I literally ran back inside to see what would happen. Within just 10
minutes, a little storm of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES descended on the thistle
tube. Not long after, 5-6 PINE SISKINS joined them. Finally!!! One
particularly pugnacious individual with lots of yellow on its wings chose
a tray instead. He bravely warded off numerous hungry birds from "his"
treasure by raising his wings to flash that pretty yellow, lowering his
head, and opening his bill in a threatening gesture. Awesome.
Yeah! We only got one Red-breasted Nuthatch during all of last year's
crazy irruption. Hope these are the first of MANY Pine Siskins for 2009!
Marietta, GA (Cobb County)
BTW - If you live in north Cobb and want to see lots of Pine Siskins and
other birds this winter, go see Joe Ranney and the nice folks over at
Wildbirds Unlimited at E. Piedmont Rd and GA Hwy 120 (Upper Roswell Rd).
He'll set you up with everything you need, great place!
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