|female Siskin (Carduelis spinus) with slightly crossed bill.|
|adult male Siskin (Carduelis spinus)|
Siskins numbers have built up over the last week and around 20 came down to the feeders along with a similar number of Goldfinches. Sunflower hearts are their preferred food at the moment but it is amazing how much they waste. They seem to pick through the sunflower hearts discarding the ones they don't want and only eating part of the others.
|Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis).|
Male left and female right. The male generally has a longer bill, more extensive and richer coloured red mask and black nasal hairs. The nasal hairs of the female are greyish white but are sometimes stained darker.
|adult female Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)|
Ringing totals for 09/02/13 with retraps in brackets:
Goldfinch 5 (1)
Long-tailed Tit 1