A few years ago, during the AOU meeting in St. Louis, there was a report by
one of the attendees of Pine Siskins nesting in Oak Knoll Park in Clayton,
MO.   Brad Jacobs, of Missouri Department of Conservation, asked for a
volunteer to monitor the nest.  Nancy and I found the nest and observed the
siskins going to it.   Unfortunately, a massive wind storm a few days later
took the nest out of the tree and the birds disappeared, presumably moving
north to their more normal breeding grounds.   The nest was retrieved and
sent to Brad as per his request.

The link below will take you to a Pine Siskin breeding bird survey map.
Note that Missouri is blank.

John Solodar

8135 Cornell Court
St. Louis, MO 63130-3639
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On 5/3/09 11:39 PM, "Charlene and Jim Malone" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> MO birders,
> Please read the below msg from the IL listserve.
> Since there are still so many Pine Siskins still in MO please be on alert
> for this behavior at
> feeders or even out in the field.
> I would suspect that one would need to report any possible breeders or
> family groups to the
> MO Season Editor for Spring. (see ASM website for contact info. Do NOT send
> them to
> Ms. DeVore)
> I still have at least one bird coming to our feeders.
> I know of others in the STL area that still have PISIs coming to their
> feeders as well.
> Nite,
> Charlene Malone
> St. Louis co.
> -------------------
> Subject: IBET Pine Siskins -- information on why they may still be here!
> From: Ms Sheryl DeVore <sheryl_1956 AT>
> Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 14:39:38 -0700 (PDT)
> Dear friends,
> Steve Bailey posted a message today, but some of you asking questions about
> PINE SISKINS may have missed the following.?Take a quick read. It's quite
> interesting, this phenomenon.
> "There were three PINE SISKINS feeding at our nyger seed feeders today in
> Mundelein with several AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. One bird was repeatedly noticed
> wing quivering as it bent down toward one of the other siskins! It also made
> begging sounds much like (and on the same pitch as) a young bird would, even
> though it was a full-sized bird and also feeding from the feeder itself.
> This
> seemed to be a full-grown, very freshly plumaged young PINE SISKIN, which
> has
> still not lost the begging instinct, and is yet another example of breeding
> PINE SISKINS this spring. Most if not all PINE SISKINS that folks are now
> seeing, especially in their yards (and elsewhere) are very likely breeding
> birds, so it would pay folks to watch any siskins coming to their feeders
> for
> signs (quivering wings, following, begging or otherwise near one or two
> other
> siskins, or fuzzy heads with down feathers still not molted) that they have
> had
> a successful nest somewhere nearby (your
>  yard?!)."
> Send me a note if you see any of this behavior with your siskins. Such an
> interesting winter and now spring in Illinois!
> Sheryl DeVore
> Mundelein ILLINOIS
> sheryl_1956 at yahoo dot com
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
> ASM Spring Meeting: May 1-3, 2009 in Columbia, MO.

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