For this week's edition of WBW I am raiding the archives to share a few images of Siskin (Carduelis spinus).
All images were taken during an early March visit this year to Warnham L.N.R. where a hide provides an excellent opportunity to get reasonably close to a wide variety of birds making use of the various feeders.
One of our smallest finches with a relatively long, narrow bill for a finch and distinctive short forked tail. The image above is a juvenile. In the south-east during the winter many of the birds will be migrants from northern Europe and then, with some exceptions, there is a general migration northwards to breed mainly in conifer plantations.
The females (see above) are typically drabber than the males (below) that sport their very distinctive black crown and bib in full breeding plumage.
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