Nature Notes

Siskin

Siskins (Carduelis spinus) are smaller than Greenfinch (Chloris chloris chloris), and the male version of the former has a nearly black crown and chin, his plumage is green on the back which gradually changes to yellow on the rump. His breast is also green but shades to white on the underparts. The female is a paler colour and has striations on her head and underparts. In Scotland the Siskin is a Winter visitor and a resident in parts of that country. The eggs of the bird are very attractive being bluish white and spotted with lilac and brown. This female Siskin, below, was energetically enjoying kibbled sunflower seeds on one of my feeders.
Female Siskin Feeding