I recently was awoken by two little brown striped birds atop my boyfriend’s terrace wall, chirping and singing merrily while I wondered what the heck they were. I thought they might be sparrows since they looked like a “regular bird” and didn’t really know many others that looked the same. I became curious though, when their calls were all wacky and my rudimentary search online for even song sparrow calls were all repetitive and not at all the same as what I’d heard.
I posted my quest on Facebook to identify the calls, asking for any links people had. My friend Laura L. sent me this link. Well, it didn’t take very long before I discovered what I’d seen were Pine Siskins. Here is a sample of what they sound like from that link. Here is what they look like. I don’t remember seeing any yellow though, so they might have been females or young males. Still, they were very cute and happy-sounding! I might see if we’re allowed to put up thistle bird feeders…… 😉