The Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is also called the European siskin, common siskin or just siskin. Other (archaic) names include Black-headed Goldfinch, barley bird and aberdevine. It is very common throughout Europe and Asia. It is found in forested areas, both coniferous and mixed woodland where it feeds on seeds of all kinds, especially of alder and conifers.

It can be distinguished from other similar finches by the color of the plumage. The upper parts are greyish green and the under parts grey-streaked white. Its wings are black with a conspicuous yellow wing bar, and the tail is black with yellow sides. The male has a mainly yellow face and breast, with a neat black cap. Female and young birds have a greyish green head and no cap. It is a trusting, sociable and active bird. The song of this bird is a pleasant mix of twitters and trills. For these reasons it is often raised in captivity.

These birds have an unusual migration pattern as every few years in winter they migrate southwards in large numbers. The reasons for this behaviour are not known but may be related to climatic factors and above all the availability of food. In this way overwintering populations can thrive where food is abundant. This small finch is an acrobatic feeder, often hanging upside-down like a tit. It will visit garden bird feeding stations.
Eurasian Siskin
Date Location Count
2021-07-02 11:00PN Ribeiro Frio2
2021-07-21 23:21Höfn--Einarslundur1
2021-07-14 19:04Ashford Castle2
2021-07-25 13:20Carran Turlough2
2021-06-30 11:04Lough Boora Parklands--general area1
2021-07-03 14:07Lough Boora Parklands--Finnamore Lakes2
2021-07-15 05:30Dunfanaghy New Lake2
2021-07-08 15:36Ards Friary5
2021-07-04 13:00Isles of Scilly--Tresco2
2021-07-02 08:34Junta de Los Rios1
2021-07-20 15:50Loch Aineort--North Shore6
2021-07-18 17:07Wicklow Mountains NP--Coronation Plantation1
2021-07-21 15:55Curragh Woods4
2021-06-27 13:46River Avonmore North of Rathdrum2
2021-06-27 20:28Vartry Reservoir--Main Embankment1
2021-07-16 13:12Pendeen (Village)1
2021-07-23 18:02Five Mile Point2
2021-07-17 10:05Helston Loe Pool1
2021-07-10 10:56The Lizard NNR--Croft Pascoe Woods11
2021-07-08 10:30Ballypatrick Forest2
2021-07-03 10:24Treshnish Point
2021-07-03 16:30Skeabost1
2021-06-27 10:45Loch Beg3
2021-07-19 08:10Higgons' Well2
2021-07-12 10:30Castlemartin Peninsula2
2021-07-25 05:48Glenforsa2
2021-07-18 12:00Ballochroy
2021-07-13 06:30Minwear Wood8
2021-06-28 09:31Grasspoint2
2021-07-24 07:00Tarbert Harbour
2021-07-11 13:59Dunollie Wood / Barra Mòr2
2021-07-08 09:19Kilbride Farm
2021-07-13 06:00Loch Linnhe2
2021-07-09 16:55Poolewe Beach
2021-07-06 17:05Ballachurry Wetlands Reserve1
2021-07-07 14:15Inverewe Gardens (NTS)--Pinewood trail2
2021-07-20 09:22Colbruach
2021-07-07 18:02Ardsheal6
2021-07-05 20:25Glen Maye1
2021-07-02 08:29River Neb1
2021-07-19 15:00Mellon Udrigle2
2021-07-25 10:24Peel--Derby Road2
2021-07-17 05:09Cemlyn NWWT NR2
2021-07-26 13:54Kionslieu2
2021-07-21 07:18Glen Lean
2021-07-26 15:15Eairy Dam1
2021-07-25 06:45Llanerchaeron (NT)2
2021-07-07 14:10Newborough Forest (Coedwig Niwbwrch)1
2021-07-11 13:00Culzean Castle2
2021-07-01 10:10Dartmoor NP--Venford Reservoir3
2021-07-22 06:27Lower Ballabeg (private site)1
2021-07-08 11:41Cwm Clydach RSPB Reserve2
2021-07-24 12:23Dartmoor NP--Yarner Wood3
2021-07-16 10:23Dundonald Camp1
2021-07-15 11:20Muirhead2
2021-07-14 14:15Gypsy Pool1
2021-07-14 14:15Loans--Farmland1
2021-07-13 10:17Shewalton Wood SWT NR7
2021-07-23 12:31Fullarton Woods1
2021-07-16 06:15Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog)2
2021-07-04 15:16Loch Tulla3
2021-07-02 12:55Inversnaid RSPB Reserve
2021-07-07 11:23Glen Affric NNR1
2021-07-17 09:23Llyn Ogwen12
2021-07-14 09:48Ideford Common SSSI
2021-07-18 09:22Teignmouth Golf Course
2021-06-27 15:06Scourie
2021-07-04 08:28Longhaugh Point1
2021-06-29 10:00Urdaibai RB--bird center y laguna de Orueta2
2021-07-08 14:11Dinas Rock / Afon Hepste1
2021-07-23 09:44Glen Strathfarrar5
2021-07-22 09:35Four Waterfalls Walk2
2021-07-12Dolymynach Reservoir2
2021-07-06 12:12Aylesbeare Common RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-25 20:03Garwnant2
2021-07-13 14:53Ken-Dee Marshes RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-12 16:16Creag Meagaidh NNR25
2021-07-19 09:28Gilfach RWT NR6
2021-07-26 09:20Brecon Beacons NP--Pen y Fan1
2021-06-29 08:49Achilty Woods
2021-07-25 15:19Brecon Beacons NP--Neuadd Valley3
2021-07-02 11:32Balmore Pool Walk1
2021-07-18 09:28Caer Beris Holiday Lodge Park1
2021-07-23 19:52Blaen y Glyn1
2021-06-30 10:01Coed y Bedw WTSWW NR1
2021-07-15 12:54Lake Vyrnwy RSPB Reserve--Lake Vyrnwy2
2021-07-12 12:55River Teith near Callander1
2021-07-22 15:35Urquhart Bay Wood2
2021-07-01 15:30Balcary Point4
2021-07-23 12:16Mine Wood20
2021-07-10 17:07Merkinch LNR1
2021-07-03 13:05Cocksburn Reservoir2
2021-07-10 07:00Longman Bird Hide and Longman Point1
2021-07-02 15:00Findhorn Valley10
2021-07-19 17:11Loch Tummel3
2021-07-10 10:16World’s End--Moorland11
2021-07-25 10:00Donostia--Antondegi1
2021-07-22Sma’ Glen2
2021-07-25 10:23Glen Feshie Forest1
2021-07-08 12:00Loweswater4
2021-07-19 17:02Loch Insh2
2021-07-25 10:23Achlean4
2021-07-07 16:30Loch Flemington1
2021-07-18 13:00Carn Bad nan Luibhean and Inverlaidnan2
2021-07-18 16:23Stockhill4
2021-07-18 17:52The Cuilc2
2021-07-19 09:17Loch Pityoulish10
2021-07-02 09:05Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve2
2021-07-19 13:43Boat Woods30
2021-07-01 10:15Carrifran Wildwood4
2021-07-04 13:57Tulloch Moor1
2021-06-30 15:38Old Dungeon Ghyll1
2021-07-25 11:30Abernethy Forest--Twin Loch Trail5
2021-07-04 12:40Nagshead RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-19 12:11Loch Garten RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-04 09:10Lochindorb3
2021-07-01 07:51Tarn Hows2
2021-07-06 07:00Strathy Point1
2021-07-17 19:00Crabtree Hill6
2021-07-09 10:30Grasmere2
2021-07-17 06:17Nethy Bridge2
2021-07-20 19:17Heriot-Watt University Campus
2021-07-25 11:05Pentland Hills Regional Park1
2021-06-27 10:20Rydal Water3
2021-07-09 12:32Loch Leven3
2021-07-20 10:39Vane Farm RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-19 10:13Stock Ghyll Force2
2021-06-27 10:19Pentland Hills Regional Park8
2021-06-27 11:43Corstorphine Hill LNR1
2021-07-14 16:11Valleyfield Pond and Esk Bridge1
2021-07-04 10:47Upper Port Wood2
2021-07-16 08:56Meathop Moss CWT NR1
2021-07-21 14:20Foulshaw Moss NR1
2021-07-18 10:43Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-22 13:10Morrone Birkwood NNR1
2021-07-21 06:59Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park LNR2
2021-07-16 14:30Wyre Forest NNR2
2021-06-28 08:59Middlebere Lake and Heath (NT)4
2021-07-25 10:03Lytchett Fields RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-26 10:16Arne RSPB Reserve4
2021-07-17 05:12Lytchett Heath1
2021-07-13 08:30Burnt Wood (Staffs)4
2021-07-24 13:37Corfe and Barrow Hills LNR--Corfe Hills North1
2021-07-17 06:38Chase Woods6
2021-07-16 19:38Dunyeats Heath SSSI1
2021-06-30 14:16Canford Heath NR3
2021-07-16 11:00Tatton Park (NT)3
2021-07-12 15:18Turbary Common LNR1
2021-07-14 09:11Ferndown Common SSSI4
2021-07-17 18:05Cranborne (village)2
2021-07-02 16:20Geltsdale RSPB Reserve2
2021-07-04 10:01St Stephens Castle7
2021-07-19 06:55Moors Valley Country Park4
2021-07-26 03:36Stocks Reservoir5
2021-07-14 18:41Moors Valley Country Park3
2021-07-22 06:45Troublefield DWT NR4
2021-07-23 06:48Town Common5
2021-07-23 13:05Gawsworth Hall and Fisheries3
2021-07-02 10:30Salisbury Plain--East side
2021-07-01 10:09Walltown Quarry Country Park2
2021-07-22 08:34New Forest NP--Linford Bottom10
2021-07-09 10:27New Forest NP--Latchmore Brook3
2021-07-10 09:59Dunnet Forest
2021-07-18 07:03Peak District NP--Macclesfield Forest4
2021-07-09 18:40Peak District NP--Harrop Wood and Brook3
2021-07-07 13:43New Forest NP--Bolderwood4
2021-07-21 14:19New Forest NP--Acres Down1
2021-07-25 06:30New Forest NP--Sway Heathland5
2021-07-22 06:06Peak District NP--Goyt Valley6
2021-07-10 05:36Woodseats1
2021-07-25 08:10Peak District NP--Derbyshire Bridge4
2021-07-18 06:00Hobson Moor Hills1
2021-06-30 15:45Arnfield Reservoir3
2021-07-18 07:00Lees Hill2
2021-07-18 06:57New Forest NP--Matley Wood3
2021-07-15 09:13New Forest NP--Crockford Clump and Stream2
2021-07-02 13:20New Forest NP--Beaulieu Rd6
2021-07-13 13:38Dove Stone RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-26 09:05Lower Longdendale Reservoirs2
2021-07-24 07:28Padfield Water Works1
2021-07-19 14:37New Forest NP--Pig Bush Inclosure6
2021-06-27 15:34Swineshaw Reservoir
2021-07-07 16:00New Forest NP--Hatchet Pond3
2021-07-21 18:28Fishlake Meadows NR2
2021-07-22 08:31Torside Reservoir2
2021-07-22 06:55Crowden2
2021-06-28 14:16Scammonden Water3
2021-07-21 06:54Woodhead Reservoir
2021-07-18 11:58Upper Coquetdale2
2021-07-01 07:42Soil Hill1
2021-07-18 07:40Arkengarthdale3
2021-07-18 09:04Stang Forest5
2021-07-19 16:53Langsett Reservoir7
2021-07-26 08:33Chatsworth House and Gardens3
2021-06-27 10:29Tunstall Reservoir2
2021-07-18 08:45Beeley Moor1
2021-07-10 14:00Simonside Ridge Walk and Forest3
2021-07-11 11:07Brimham Rocks (NT)
2021-06-27 07:35Swithland Reservoir1
2021-07-08 09:19Iping Common1
2021-06-29 09:52South Downs NP--Woolbeding Common (NT)2
2021-07-04 07:27Sherwood Forest NNR2
2021-07-18 12:28Black Down (NT)6
2021-07-24 07:07Thursley NNR1
2021-07-09 10:05Chiddingfold Forest–-North (Botany Bay, Oaken and Tugley Woods)2
2021-07-03 13:54Strathbeg RSPB Reserve1
2021-07-07 09:30Loch of Strathbeg
2021-07-04 06:30Hatfield Moors SSSI--Boston Park1
2021-07-09 08:19Hatfield Moors SSSI--Packards South2
2021-07-10 13:13Eyebrook Reservoir1
2021-07-15 08:30Clandon Wood NR and Natural Burial Ground1
2021-07-24 09:50Netherlands
2021-07-17 19:28Effingham Forest--Dick Focks Common1
2021-07-03 17:52Stocker's Farm--Farm Floods1
2021-06-27 20:00North York Moors NP--Commondale1
2021-07-14 06:10Leith Hill2
2021-07-05 11:25Parish Lane (Pease Pottage)1
2021-07-18 05:14Hampstead Heath2
2021-07-26 10:58North York Moors NP--Wykeham Forest Raptor Viewpoint5
2021-07-05 13:18North York Moors NP--Wykeham Forest2
2021-07-22 11:43Ashdown Forest--Old Lodge LNR5
2021-07-23 10:18Broadwater Warren RSPB Reserve3
2021-07-03 08:15Spurn Point NNR2
2021-07-24 07:30Bawsey Sand Pits and Country Park2
2021-07-13 13:34Freester1
2021-06-27 15:13The King's Forest2
2021-06-30 12:36Santon Downham (Norfolk)2
2021-07-15 05:46Cockley Cley Parish6
2021-07-25 06:46Lynford Arboretum1
2021-07-02 08:30Cadí-Moixeró PNat --Ruta del trencapinyes4
2021-07-11 09:03Sculthorpe Moor NR
2021-06-30 15:30Letton Hall (Restricted access)1
2021-07-03 04:59Holkham NNR--East Hills1
2021-07-04 10:48Captain's Wood SWT NR2
2021-07-22 06:02Meijendel2
2021-07-18 12:30Beukenburg1
2021-07-09 08:47Sint-Oedenrode--Dommelpark1
2021-07-12 18:47Sint-Oedenrode--Hildewarelaan 31
2021-07-22 13:50Crêt de Lachat (Manigod)1
2021-06-30 06:33Samoëns--Tête Pelouse7
2021-07-10 13:32Aekingerzand (Kale Duinen)1
2021-07-21 08:34Rogaland Arboret6
2021-07-09 08:30Feldberg1
2021-07-03 10:48Pilatus5
2021-07-24 05:05Lista Fyr1
2021-07-01 10:00Slevdalsvannet1
2021-07-17 10:29Cimalmotto6
2021-06-27 12:55Havnehagen2
2021-07-02 10:00Ho Plantage3
2021-07-03 13:00Odderøya1
2021-07-03 05:53Stazerwald5
2021-06-27 07:30Bielerhöhe1
2021-06-27 11:02Zeinissee2
2021-07-16 10:33Lehmsieker Forst1
2021-07-16 08:05Wildes Moor bei Schwabstedt (NSG)1
2021-07-10 07:39Tister Bauernmoor (NSG)14
2021-06-29 14:43Frederikshåb Plantage2
2021-06-28 08:20Havsdalen1
2021-06-30 09:48Ustedalsfjorden4
2021-07-03 08:16Kühtai dam1
2021-07-10 10:05Lüsens5
2021-07-10 14:25Praxmar Fischteich1
2021-07-12 05:30Forte Campomolon6
2021-07-16 11:44Riedboden
2021-07-22 10:33Zirbenweg2
2021-07-24 12:46Randselva--Kistefos1
2021-07-18 08:00Brønnøya2
2021-07-08 20:19Bogstadvannet--Tangen4
2021-07-24 09:15Bogstadvannet3
2021-07-13 14:30Volkspark Kleinzschocher, Leipzig1
2021-07-23 11:01Grossgluckner Pass--sud5
2021-07-13 08:00Sognsvann4
2021-07-17 14:55Bøtø Plantage1
2021-07-02 16:05Lianvatnet5
2021-07-13 16:29Baklidammen2
2021-07-13 18:00Theisendammen2
2021-07-15 07:43Darßwald2
2021-06-28 11:33Darß--Libbertsee
2021-07-11 09:06Gribskov2
2021-07-03 14:05Mt. Mangart
2021-07-22 14:38Vrsic2
2021-07-22 11:50Vrsic Pass3
2021-07-20 09:00Fulufjällets NP--Njupeskär2
2021-07-03 06:12Mittåkläppen2
2021-07-03 11:30Kopánka (Zvířetice)5
2021-07-22 09:00Stöllet2
2021-06-27 05:04CHKO Český ráj--PR Žabakor1
2021-07-21 10:35CHKO Jizerské hory--Jizerka
2021-07-23 14:12Krkonošský NP--Liščí hora2
2021-07-23 10:44Krkonošský NP--Úpské rašeliniště1
2021-07-10 07:59Krkonošský NP--Obří důl1
2021-07-19 13:15Krkonošský NP--Černohorské rašeliniště2
2021-06-30 09:09Krkonošský NP--Sněžka10
2021-07-11 05:14PP Na Plachtě1
2021-07-24 11:32CHKO Broumovsko--NPR Adršpašsko-teplické skály
2021-06-29 06:55Brno--Obora Holedná2
2021-07-10 10:11Brno--Svratka u Riviery
2021-06-27 06:34CHKO Orlické hory--Orlické Záhoří
2021-07-12 06:00Mutěnické rybníky2
2021-07-24 07:57CHKO Jeseníky--Praděd
2021-07-22 07:16CHKO Jeseníky--Ovčárna a Petrovy kameny
2021-07-11 05:29Lebsko Lake1
2021-07-24 13:42Chechło-Nakło Reservoir1
2021-07-23 11:04Årike Fyris2
2021-06-27 07:01Jastarnia60
2021-07-07 09:43Alhagen
2021-07-07 10:31Ammarnäs10
2021-07-18 09:00Hel--Cypel15
2021-07-26 18:33Källtorpssjön3
2021-07-11 05:31Tatra National Park--Kościeliska Valley, red trail, Czerwone Wierchy
2021-07-08 16:00Tatry NP--Kasprowy Wierch
2021-07-18 09:05Szczucin (town)1
2021-07-09 04:00Kępa Radwankowska
2021-07-24 09:00Ovcharchenski Waterfall Area5
2021-07-22 10:10Vitosha Nature Park--Ofeliite and Zvezditsa Hut Area3
2021-07-13 17:00Vitosha Nature Park--Zlatnite Mostove1
2021-07-17 12:05Vitosha Nature Park--Aleko Hut Area1
2021-07-12 09:18Pirin National Park--Vihren Peak Area2
2021-07-18 12:00Kirilova Polyana Area1
2021-07-07 09:20Pirin National Park--Banderishka Polyana Area2
2021-07-16 17:45Eurajoki--Säppi1
2021-07-24 12:19Merikarvia--Kasala, Niittuneva1
2021-07-26 08:00Pori--Yyterin Lietteet1
2021-07-06 11:50Pori--Ooviiki lintutorni2
2021-07-26 09:25Pori--Leveäkari1
2021-07-26 14:10Pori--Teemuluoto lintutorni1
2021-06-28 11:31Kiruna--Institutet för rymdfysik1
2021-07-05 06:00Turku--Karhula landfill1
2021-07-03 05:19Gammelstadsviken3
2021-07-21 06:00Nurmo Kivijärvenmäki Lintutorni, Seinäjoki1
2021-07-20 08:41Papio Ornithological Preserve (Papio ornitologinis draustinis)3
2021-07-26 08:14Sapieginės miškas1
2021-07-09 09:00Vilnius University Botanical Garden (Vilniaus universiteto botanikos sodas)
2021-07-23 21:46Hämeenlinna--Kahilisto1
2021-07-09 13:15Espoo--Laajalahti, Maarin lintutorni1
2021-07-26 06:00Raahe--Maivaperä3
2021-07-21 06:03Raahe--Pitkäkari lintutorni17
2021-07-21 11:24Viru raba vaatetorn1
2021-07-25 05:50Raahe--Pattijokisuu
2021-07-06 07:22Tornio--Raumonjärvi Hakaniitty lintutorni3
2021-06-28 07:05Kemi--Kiikeli Lintutorni3
2021-06-29 07:13Keminmaa--Kallinkangas lintutorni
2021-06-28 09:23Kemi--Kattilalahti lintutorni1
2021-07-01 19:39Luha matkarada
2021-07-01 07:21Pudasjärvi--Iso-Syöte4
2021-06-27 18:12Puolanka--Hepoköngäs1
2021-07-20 10:24Inari--Kaamanen, Neljän Tuulen Tupa
2021-07-18 05:00Parikkala--Siikalahti4
2021-07-17 15:30Parikkala--Siikalahti lintutorni2
2021-07-18 09:10Гатчина (Gatchina General Area)5
2021-07-09 18:50Gerede Arkut Dağı2
2021-07-04 13:00Павловский парк (Pavlovskiy Park)1
2021-07-21 06:30Ilgaz Dağı Milli Parkı3
2021-07-25 07:59От СНТ Конструктор до левого берега реки Искона (From SNT Konstruktor to Left Bank of Iskona River)2
2021-07-24 15:05Лотошинский Рыбхоз (Lotoshino Fish Farm)2
2021-07-25 13:02Лохин Остров (Lokhin Ostrov)1
2021-06-30 11:58Парк Фили (Fili Park)1
2021-07-17 07:40Лесопарк Покровское-Стрешнево (Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo Lesopark)1
2021-07-13 12:33Сквер за зданием МГУ (Small Park after MSU building)2
2021-07-02 11:00Родники (Rodniki)2
2021-06-28 05:55Рыбхоз Бисерово (Biserovo Fish Farm)1
2021-07-17 07:53Дединовская Пойма (Dedinovo Floodplains)4
2021-07-17 15:30Ukhati4
2021-07-01 13:45東川町--大雪山国立公園--旭岳ロープウェイ (Higashikawa--Daisetsuzan NP--Asahidake Ropeway)1