Pleasant Hill, California

Mike & Anne Eliot

Mike & Anne Eliot

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

Pleasant Hill, California

692 Contra Costa Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Phone: (925) 798-0303
Fax: (925) 798-9835
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Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Fun Facts About Pine Siskins

  • Pine Siskins migrate into California throughout Winter, but stay in forested areas unless there is little food available.  When food is scarce we often see irruptive behavior with flocks of 50 or more coming to backyard feeders in our area.                                                                                  Pine Siskin

  • Pine Siskins become considerably plumper through accumulation of fat with the onset of winter. Each bird can pack enough seeds into its expandable esophagus to support itself through five hours of rest at –4º F temperatures.

  • Pine Siskins have difficulty opening the large seeds of striped sunflower but enjoy black-oil sunflower seed, chips and Nyjer.

  • A siskin may take up a position near an Evening Grosbeak that is eating larger seeds like striped sunflower to pick up dropped particles and will even defend the position against other siskins.

  • Pine Siskins may nest in loose colonies and will tolerate the occasional visit to one another's nests after their young are hatched.

  • The Pine Siskin is the most common of the "winter finches" to be found at your feeders…but not every year.  An “irruption” migration usually takes place every two or three years that can bring large numbers of Siskins to your backyard.

  • The Pine Siskin irruption migrations mainly occur when the seed crop has failed in the boreal forests. In some years large flocks may appear as far south as Florida.

  • Some “irruptive” Siskins may stay near a dependable food source and nest far south of the normal breeding range.

  • The primary natural foods of Pine Siskins are the seeds of hemlocks, alders, birches, and cedars.

  • Pine Siskins, like most northern finches, are fond of salt. They seek out natural salt licks and in the winter they can be found along highways eating the salt used to melt ice and snow.

  • Siskins, crossbills and other finches have been observed eating flaking mortar as a source of sodium and calcium.