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Critter of the Month


Critter of the Month - NOVEMBER

PINE SISKEN

The Pine Sisken is a regular late fall and winter visitor here in Tennessee. However it's abundance varies greatly from year to year. Known as one of the "irruptive winter finches" the variation in number of wintering birds is thought to be assoiciated wiht the annual variations in the production of northern conifer cones.

The Pine Sisken is a small, heavily streaked brown finch with a thin, pointed bill, and a short notched tail. Yellow patches in the wing and tail are especially visible in flight. Males and females look similar however the male's 'yellow' is more noticeable.

A Pine Sisken's diet consists of small seeds, tree buds, insects and spiders. They are usually found in flocks consisting of other finches. Be on the lookout for them in your backyard this winter at your thistle feeders.



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