September 9, 2017 - Eurasian Siskin, European Siskin, Common Siskin, or Spruce Siskin (Carduelis spinus, Spinus notatus, or Spinus spinus)
These small finches are found in two separate populations, one in Europe and another in eastern Asia. They mostly eat seeds, especially those from conifers, alders, and birches, along with fruits and berries in winter and some insects. Monogamous pairs often raise two broods of chicks a year, but if food is scarce they may raise only one. Females build the nests and incubate the eggs. Both parents feed the chicks.
If pushed, if forced at gunpoint or truth serum injected, to say my favorite thing about myself, I would say this: There is something gentle enough in me, tender enough, to make wild things feel safe.
I’ll proudly stay a Disney Princess. What, if forced, would you say is your favorite thing about yourself?
Pine Shitkin These shits are brown and very streaky birds with subtle yellow edgings on wings and tails, like old underwear. They have a distinctive rising, “brzzzzzzt” call which has been likened to the sound of slowly tearing a sheet of paper in half. How’s that for irritating? Color: Yellow, shit streaks
Apparently there was an odd smell in the office today at Lochwinnoch. The source of the smell was only found a couple of hours later when one of the staff members was talking to us about dead birds and remembered there was a dead siskin in a box under one of the desks. So I ended up bringing him home, he’s a bit far gone to try and mount so I’m drying his wings, feet and tail. We are also trying his skull with the beetles so we’ll have to see how well that goes. He also has some jewellery so hopefully we’ll be able to learn a little more about him.