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Pine Siskins preparing nest


This morning a pair of Pine Siskins were collecting nesting material at Henry Marsh. One pulled fluff from some Virgin’s Bower seed heads while the other watched. Then both flew up out of sight into some evergreens. A third Siskin appeared, but was chased away, and then the pair returned to gather more fluff. (Bracebridge)

excerpt from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Siskin/lifehistory:
“Over the course of 5 or 6 days, the female builds a shallow saucer of twigs, grasses, leaves, weed stems, rootlets, bark strips, and lichens, 2.5–6 inches across. The male, who stays close, may contribute nest material as well. The female lines the 1 to 2.5-inch inner cup (up to 2 inches deep) with fur, feathers, grass, moss, or thistle down. She may complete the nest several days before egg-laying.”

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