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Bob, et al.

Clearly, the sighting of Pine Siskins in one's backyard/on one's own  
feeders  is a matter of merit.  However, unlike most meritorious  
matters, this one is inverse to the degree of merit.  That is, those  
among us who are the most deserving are seeing them AFTER those of  
lesser degree of merit.

Supporting this hypothesis are the "checking in" on the listserve by  
individuals who have been graced by siskins.  Very late sighters  
include Jo Ann Eldridge, a very meritorious individual.

Those of you who remain siskinless are most assuredly the most highly  
meritorious Mobirders.  It follows that the last to see them is the  
finest of the fine.

Keep lookin', Bob, Sherry and all you other very good folks.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Nov 26, 2007, at 9:39 PM, Bob Lewis wrote:

> Truthfully, I feel rather insulted.  I feel that it was me that  
> discovered Pine Siskins in the middle 70s.  Others in Farmington  
> are seeing them but to date I've not seen a single 21st Century  
> Pine Siskin
> Bob Lewis    [log in to unmask]
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sherry McCowan"  
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> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 4:25 PM
> Subject: Re: In my Kirkwood yard, 11/25 Pine siskin, finally!
>
>
>> Well, I'm still not a member of the feeder siskin club.  I did  
>> have a nice Thanksgiving Day bird, though, one that was on my yard  
>> wish list  - Fox Sparrow.  It stayed in the yard for about 3 hours.
>>
>> Yesterday an immature Red-tailed Hawk caught one of the  
>> neighborhood pigeons and ate it in a tree across the alley.
>>
>> Sherry McCowan
>> Saint Louis, Missouri
>>
>> On Nov 25, 2007, at 1:31 PM, Margy Terpstra wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> About 12:45 today, I finally had a lone Pine Siskin checking out   
>>> the feeders.  He visited the safflower, niger and back to  
>>> another  safflower before leaving.  I'm hoping he went to tell  
>>> his friends  at Powder Valley.  (Thanks to Tom Bailey, who I  
>>> think brought him  in for me!)
>>>
>>> Also had a Hairy WP and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker among the usual  
>>> suspects.  Two Red-breasted Nuthatches are frequently at the  
>>> peanut feeder, along with White-breasted, Cardinals, Titmice and   
>>> Chickadees. It's become a very popular feeder.
>>>
>>> Margy Terpstra
>>> Kirkwood, St. Louis County, MO
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