Fledgling Pine Siskin

Pine Siskins nest occasionally in Vermont, especially after a winter in which they were fairly numerous. In Ripton, where this photo was taken, siskins, up to a dozen at a time, have been regular visitors throughout this past winter. This recently fledged bird, perched on a railing below a feeder, has tail feathers not fully grown and with sharply pointed tips, characteristic of first year plumage. There is scarcely a trace of the yellow or white in the wing bars that adult birds display.

– Warren King