Bird Spotting: The pine siskin is brown and heavily streaked with black. Two buff patches mark its wing shoulders and yellow streaks are noticeable on the flight wings and tail.
Habitat: The pine siskin makes its home in coniferous and mixed woodlands.
Nesting: Three or four pale green eggs, lightly speckled with brown and black, are laid in a shallow saucer of bark, twigs and moss.
Bird Bite: Like most northern finches the pine siskin is fond of salt. These birds can sometimes be seen along roads and highways enjoying the salt that has been used to melt snow and ice.
Backyard Tip: The seeds of the eastern arborvitae and yellow and gray birch are good sources of food for the pine siskin.