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Pine siskin


Hawk Buckman’s Images of Nature
Extended Edition Collection (Wildlife)

A Pine siskin (Spinus pinus) explores the dried husk of sunflowers on the high plains of Nebraska as Spring begins to unfold on the prairie of the Panhandle.

I found a flock of Pine siskin’s in a field east of the Scotts Bluff National Monument while exploring the western Nebraska panhandle.  Each pine siskin was busy working over the dead and dried sunflower plants along a road adjacent to a field.

I stopped my truck and shut the engine off. I watched the birds, their behavior, and their interactions with each other for about an hour. During that time I made about 6 images. This is the only one that met with my approval.

Due to the amount of crop that was applied to the image I’m offering this print in 24″X16″ to ensure the highest quality print.

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Although the Pine siskin (Spinus pinus) is patterned like a sparrow, its shape, actions, and callnotes all reveal that this bird is really a goldfinch in disguise. After nesting in the conifer woods, Pine Siskins move out into semi-open country, where they roam in twittering flocks. They often descend on fields of thistles or wild sunflowers, where they cling to the dried flower heads, eating seeds. In winter they sometimes invade southward in big numbers, with flocks coming to feeders along with American Goldfinches. 

Pine siskin’s breeding range often changes from year to year. May nest in loose colonies or in isolated pairs. Courtship and formation of pairs may begin in winter flocks; male displays by flying in circle above female, with wings and tail spread widely, while singing. Male often feeds female during courtship. Nest site is well hidden in tree (usually in conifer), on horizontal branch well out from trunk. Typically 10-40′ above ground, can be lower or higher. Nest (built by female) is a rather large but shallow open cup of twigs, grass, strips of bark, rootlets, lined with moss, animal hair, feathers.

Pine siskin’s have a erratic migration pattern especially in its winter occurrence, coming south in huge numbers some years, very scarce in others. After big invasion winters, a few may remain to nest south of normal range. Pine siskin’s migrate by day, in flocks.



Additional information

Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 00.1 × 36 in

Original photograph from digital (RAW) real life scene negative. Unaltered

Creation Date

May 18, 2021 – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Shipping & Delivery

Shipping and Tax is included in the listed price.
Please allow 7 to 10 days for delivery as the photograph is hand-printed to specific specifications.

Why Fujiflex Crystal Archive?

Fujiflex Crystal Archive printing involves a specialized printing process that uses Silver Halides which are embed in the paper rather than creating the print by spraying ink on top of the paper as in the InkJet printing process. Fujiflex Crystal Archive prints are true photographs and are suitable for gallery display.

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