Shirley Mitchell saw a charming sight. She called these Pine Siskins "whale riders."
Pine Siskins arrive on the Mendonoma Coast about the same time the beautiful male Goldfinches. They both love to eat at thistle feeders filled with niger seed. Below is a photo taken by Dean Schuler of male American Goldfinches at one such feeder.
Siegfried Matull took this lovely photo of three Goldfinches on a branch and a Pine Siskin in the air.
Thanks to Shirley, Dean, and Siegfried for allowing me to share their photos with you here.