The RSPB website describes the Siskin as: 'a small lively finch, which is smaller than a Greenfinch. The male has a streaky yellow-green body and a black crown and bib.
Mainly a resident breeder, from southern England to northern Scotland; but is most numerous in Scotland and Wales.
Many breeding birds are residents; in winter birds arrive here also from Europe.'
And this year, they certainly have arrived.
The BTO reports that: ' Siskins break 15 year record. This month, (February), has seen the highest reporting rate of Siskins in gardens since 1998.'
The reason is given as; 'Scarce natural seed availability in the countryside appears to be driving the influx.'
Usually, I'm lucky if I see 2 or 3 birds a year in my garden. Such beautiful and vocal little birds, I get excited when I see one visit.
This year, on some days I've had up to 50 birds in my small suburban garden, (probably 50' by 14'), and as many in the trees either side of it. At the moment, as I do this post, I'm watching 34 birds in the garden; on the feeders, and on the ground.
The green trays are under the feeders, to try and catch the fallen seed. Along with Goldfinches, they are messy eaters!
The sight and sound is amazing.
A few days ago, I tried to capture some of the spectacle on video.
Have a great weekend wherever you are, and whatever you are doing.