First indications are that it could be a good late winter and spring for Siskin visiting garden feeders. Paul caught 22 in his Lancaster garden yesterday, including a control. Andrew has started catching small numbers in his Over Kellet garden and Mark in Bowland has been catching them from late January.
In total the Group have ringed 1660 Siskin over the years mainly in gardens in late winter and early spring . These have generated 47 recoveries which firstly reveal the breeding area of our wintering birds to be Northern Scotland (12), Southern Scotland (9) and one in southern Sweden, rather sadly killed by a cat.
Birds caught in our gardens in late winter or early spring have been wintering right across southern England from Suffolk and Kent through Surrey and Greater London to Hampshire and Shropshire. They have also been mainly ringed in gardens and are passing through our area one assumes on their way to the breeding areas in Scotland.