2020—Namesake

It’s always nice when a critter that is named for something actually hangs out in its namesake. Here, a Pine Siskin sits in a Lodgepole Pine. According to The Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Birds, Pine Siskins nest in conifers and feed mainly on seeds and some small insects. The guide says that these small finches feed in flocks which, after nesting, can number in the hundreds, a phenomenon that I witnessed in Montana.