Redmond, Washington

Diane Drisch

Diane Drisch

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Redmond, Washington

Overlake Square,
15155 NE 24th St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Phone: (425) 747-8908
Fax: (425) 747-2954
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Comments:
Located in the Overlake area half way between downtown Bellevue and downtown Redmond about a block and a half East of Sears. ----------------------------------------------------------We are closed the following Holidays: January 1st, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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How to Identify Goldfinches vs. Pine Siskins

Now is the best time of year to attract finches while they're in our area.  But let's see who's coming to dinner.

 

Downy and Hairy WP Eating Bark Butter

They're Baaaaack!

Goldfinches have been in our immediate area for most of this fall and winter. Pine siskins have just started arriving. Being closely related, they often fly together in mixed flocks. How can we tell them apart?

Who's Who in this Photo?

The top two birds are Pine Siskins. The next bird down in the center of the Nyjer thistle feeder is a Goldfinch. The next three birds down are Pine Siskins and the bottom two are Goldfinches.

Hairy Woodpecker on TreeNutty Woodpecker Feeder

American Goldfinch

Winter plumage:  Dull yellow-olive with conspicuous white wing bars on black wings.  They are distinguished from other finches by their small size and unstreaked yellow-brown plumage.  Note the thinner bill as compared to the more robust House Finch.  In sunlight they have a yellow glow in the upper body.

EcoClean Mesh Peanut Feeder

Pine Siskins

Same size and shape as Goldfinches, with fairly uniform fine brown streaking. They have yellow only on the wing bars and base of the tail, and lack the goldfinch's yellow glow. the dark wings do not stand out as much as on the goldfinch due to the striping. Distinct forked tail.

Pine Siskins are often considered a rather feisty species. Often travelling in large flocks, they are known to actively defend their individual place in the pecking order. It's fun to watch their lively bickering as they come and go on our feeders.

Pine Siskins also have a special survival technique. Their large flocks often attract Hawks. Being small and light, they can take off and fly extremely quickly. So they wait until the very last moment when the hawk is bearing down upon them. They then blast off in all directions, startling and confusing the hawk. This makes it impossible for the larger bird to follow their fast movements.

 

 


Back and front of Pine Siskins

 

5 Goldfinches with 2 Pine Siskins
on the bottom perches

 
 
Mixed Flock:  Lesser Goldfinch on Left
American Goldfinch (breeding plumage) center
and Pine Siskin on Right

 

Lesser Goldfinches are found mostly in
California and Texas, with some local flocks throughout the Southwest



House Finch: much larger than either the Pine Siskin or Goldfinch.  Bigger, wedge-shaped bill.  Males have red color on upper body.  Females lack the red color and can be mistaken for Pine Siskins. But note their larger size, larger bill and heavier striping.