Dashiell and Ray came in from outside this morning very excited to have discovered a tiny brown and white bird with some yellow on its back. It was picking out seeds from the trumpet vine seed pods that hang over the roof of our old tin shed. The shed itself is directly behind our deck, maybe ten feet away, so we had front row seats for the show. The little fellow paid us no mind as it gorged for a good twenty minutes.
I grabbed a couple of trusty field guides and we figured out it was a pine siskin. They’re apparently very common up north but only wander this way in the winter. It wasn’t anything flashy to look at but none of us had ever seen one before so we were impressed. These were the best shots I came up with: