Pine Siskin

Pine siskin (Spinus pinus) perched on branch eating winter seeds, near Nooksack River, Washington state, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Pine siskin (Spinus pinus) eating winter seeds while perched on branch near Nooksack River
Sony a7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens at 600mm
1/320sec, f6.3, ISO4000, processed with Topaz DeNoise AI

Spotted this little finch eating seeds in a shrub alongside the Nooksack River.

Pine siskin live year-round in Washington State,  and are seed-eaters closely related to gold finch.  This little guy can increase its metabolic rate by 5X in order to survive overnight temperatures as low as -85F.  They store extra seeds in a portion of the esophagus to help them make it through the night.

 

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