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.

Common Medieval Clothing Colors

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Black: First associated with the Vikings, black was worn by all and eventually became the color worn by mourners, the elderly, and scholars.

Blue: Light blue was worn by all, but dark blue was worn by higher-ranking nobles and royalty until it became associated with scholars and apprentices.

Crimson: A bright red worn by the wealthy.

Flame: A bright red-orange reserved for the wealthy.

Gold Cloth: Reserved for royalty.

Green: All shades; worn by all.

Murrey: Deep purple-red. Worn by the rich.

Parti-colored: Clothes that were often made up of several different colors like a Harlequin doll.

Purple: Reserved for royalty and very high-ranking nobility.

Red: Worn by all.

Red-browns: Extremely popular and worn by all.

Scarlet: A vibrant shade first reserved for royalty and then worn only be nobility.

Silver Cloth: Reserved for royalty.

Siskin: Light greenish-yellow worn by the wealthy.

Slate: A gray blue. Worn by all.

Tan: A light brown worn by the nobility.

Tartan: A plaid pattern of Scottish origin, the unique colors and pattern of which denote the wearer’s clan or family.

Tawny: A brownish-yellow color that was popular. Worn by all.

Watchet: A light greenish-blue worn by all.

White: Worn by all, but preferred by the nobility and royalty.

Yellow: Worn by all.

Oh fuck, here’s a wider shot. Look at that leg casually slung over David, those fingers, that louche pose, that gold (siskin, to be period accurate) and purple outfit. (x)

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.