For the Birds: Siskins and Finches

Cheryl

by Cheryl Baxter

Good Friday!  It’s October 31st today.  Halloween, and the end of another month.

Work has been keeping me busy, and not able to really get out there to photograph too much.  I love it, but I am seriously missing my ‘nature’ walks.

Living where I live, I am blessed with many visitors to my deck.   This week, thankfully I have had a few Pine Siskins show up to feed at my feeder.  As well as some Goldfinches.

On a more interesting note I had a pale coloured Junco near my deck, and discovered it was partially leucistic – the white spots around the eye seem to point in that direction as well as the overall paleness.  (In leucistic birds, affected plumage lacks melanin pigment due to the cells responsible for melanin production being absent. This results in a white feathers, unless the normal plumage colour also comprises carotenoids (e.g. yellows), which remain unaffected by the condition. Although leucism is inherited, the extent and positioning of the white colouration can vary between adults and their young, and can also skip generations if leucistic genes are recessive.-http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/gardens-wildlife/garden-birds/behaviour/plumage/leucism )  Please see the photo below.

Please enjoy the few captures I have to offer.  Until next time!

~Cheryl

Male Downy Woodpecker (my yard)
Male Downy Woodpecker
(my yard)
Pale Junco (my yard)
Pale Junco
(my yard)
Pine Siskin (my yard)
Pine Siskin
(my yard)
Pine Siskin (my yard)
Pine Siskin
(my yard)
Pine Siskin (my yard)
Pine Siskin
(my yard)
Pine Siskin (my yard)
Pine Siskin
(my yard)
Pine Siskin (my yard)
Pine Siskin
(my yard)
American Goldfinch (my yard)
American Goldfinch
(my yard)
American Goldfinch (my yard)
American Goldfinch
(my yard)