After unsuccessfully chasing Pine Siskins my first Winter of birding while living in Michigan, I wasn't nearly as elated at seeing/hearing neither multiple Elegant Trogons over several days in SE Arizona in June/July nor the Red-faced Warbler earlier in the day than I was at observing my Life Pine Siskin singing atop massive pines at Catalina State Park there in AZ. Coincidently, the Pine Siskin was the last "new AZ species" before leaving and heading home to Michigan on that trip. Wierd how one can go to distant lands in search of the normal "target birds" and then be blown away by a semi-common species occuring in your home state. My birding buddy that I traveled with to AZ that trip still to this day razzes me about all these great birds in SE AZ yet I was most excited about the PISI!
Here it is April 11 and I have 11 Pine Siskin at my feeder here in Rolla as well as one beatiful Purple Finch in full breeding plumage. The Pine Siskin are also calling. I have been birding the Ozarks for over twenty years and I have never seen this before, in fact I have never seen a Pine Siskin after early March and never calling, very intersting to say the least.
Bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda.