We have been seeing lots of Siskins on our bird walks lately. They are usually up in the trees when we see them but not this gal. This bird was literally 3 feet away from me and Diane on Sunday chowing down on flower seeds along the trail at Cape May State Park. She didn't flinch when the camera came out or when the flash went off or when we were talking. She stayed right in front of us for at least 5 minutes - probably longer until some little brats came running along the trail and scared her into a nearby tree. Sigh.
Anyway, none of these photos are cropped except for the second one. That's how close the bird was.
Look how freaking cute this is! The photo even has a nice reddish background from the fall foliage.
Then she moved to another flower that had a darker background.
Pine SiskinThen she posed.
I'm telling you, this bird was close. Check out the iPhone video that Di shot of the situation. I had to back up to the other side of the boardwalk to get the bird in focus.