PINE SISKIN (CARDUELIS PINUS), EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 11, 2012
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/2500 sec. f9
Another rare visitor to our backyard feeder, the Pine Siskin is a close relative of house finches and goldfinches (the yellow tinge on the siskin's lower wing feathers is an identifying point). It's said to be a noisy and agile flier often mistaken for a sparrow, but the siskin is a much smaller bird.