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
2021-08-21 09:12Hafnarfjörður--Höfðaskógur forest1
2021-08-27 15:30Höfn--Einarslundur1
2021-09-05 14:14Caranavoodaun Turlough
2021-09-01 13:38Glenveagh NP--Glenveagh Castle (Caisleán Ghleann Bheatha) Gardens4
2021-08-26 10:00oviedo -- Parque Purificacion Tomas2
2021-08-28 10:00Jardín Botanico5
2021-09-16 09:18Algeciras--Playa de la Concha1
2021-08-22 05:52North and South Uist inc Benbecula2
2021-08-23 10:40Woodenbridge4
2021-09-11 17:31Buckroney Marsh2
2021-09-09 08:21Helston Loe Pool1
2021-08-30 08:01The Lizard2
2021-08-24 06:40College Reservoir
2021-08-28Skomer Island WTSWW NR3
2021-08-27 07:22Stornoway--Lews Castle Grounds and Woods10
2021-09-04 17:00Roughtor2
2021-08-19 09:39Arisaig2
2021-08-28 08:00Tarbert Harbour200
2021-08-27 12:00Glenelg Bay
2021-09-08 08:02Kilbride Farm
2021-08-19 08:54Glenfinnan20
2021-08-24 07:58Loch Riddon / Loch Ruel
2021-08-28 14:55Plym Estuary6
2021-08-24 16:55Ballachurry Wetlands Reserve3
2021-08-28 10:08River Neb1
2021-09-13 08:03Peel--Derby Road1
2021-08-28 07:08Oxwich Bay--Oxwich NNR1
2021-09-15 11:11Kionslieu12
2021-08-23 18:04Malltraeth Cob1
2021-09-06 04:23Holy Loch
2021-08-31 16:03Ballaugh Curragh16
2021-09-06 08:22Ben Nevis23
2021-09-15 09:18Lower Ballabeg (private site)1
2021-08-31 16:46Glen Trool50
2021-08-25 10:44Parke (NT)
2021-09-16 09:40Muirhead2
2021-08-31 15:15Gypsy Pool1
2021-08-31 15:15Loans--Farmland1
2021-08-29 10:50Fullarton Woods2
2021-09-16 08:45Ardmore Point2
2021-09-06 08:30Stover Country Park
2021-09-06 13:30Ynys-hir RSPB Reserve4
2021-09-03 15:16Bwlch Nant yr Arian4
2021-08-21 14:55Haldon Forest Park
2021-08-22 11:35Exmoor NP--Webber's Post2
2021-08-29 09:54Woodbury Common2
2021-08-22 11:23Gilfach RWT NR10
2021-09-15 16:00Aigas Field Centre (Restricted access)3
2021-08-23 16:37Llyn Brenig5
2021-09-07 11:39Talybont reservoir3
2021-09-03 18:10Cothelstone Hill1
2021-08-30 14:32Hawkridge Reservoir3
2021-09-14 13:34Barons Haugh RSPB Reserve8
2021-08-29 15:38Insh Marshes NNR3
2021-09-05 11:26Cat Bells3
2021-08-30 13:33Loch Garten RSPB Reserve1
2021-09-07 10:30Abernethy Forest
2021-09-15 13:51Hound Point1
2021-09-10 06:28Speyside Way at Nethy Bridge2
2021-08-20 17:34Loch Leven4
2021-08-20 14:38Vane Farm RSPB Reserve6
2021-09-12 09:30Cramond Island1
2021-09-16 07:21Valleyfield Pond and Esk Bridge1
2021-09-07 05:00Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve1
2021-09-15 08:19Lindus1
2021-09-02 07:55Arne RSPB Reserve2
2021-09-10 08:30Burnt Wood (Staffs)36
2021-08-29 10:18Chase Woods2
2021-08-29 10:00Brownsea Island1
2021-08-30 09:28Edmondsham Estate5
2021-09-16 11:50Geltsdale RSPB Reserve2
2021-09-12 10:47St Stephens Castle4
2021-09-06 08:13Moors Valley Country Park6
2021-09-16 18:30Stocks Reservoir1
2021-09-15 08:17Sale Water Park2
2021-08-19 08:52Gawsworth Hall and Fisheries1
2021-08-21 12:11Tentsmuir NNR--Tentsmuir Trail2
2021-08-19 13:07Cannock Chase1
2021-08-28 20:06Barry Buddon1
2021-08-19 15:24Peak District NP--Macclesfield Forest6
2021-09-16 11:49Peak District NP--Harrop Wood and Brook8
2021-09-10 10:09Wildboarclough2
2021-08-20 09:04New Forest NP--Acres Down
2021-09-10 16:15Etherow Country Park
2021-09-11 06:45New Forest NP--Sway Heathland1
2021-09-12 12:17Three Shires Head1
2021-08-21 09:50Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes LNR1
2021-09-06 10:11Langdon Beck
2021-09-17 06:59Whiteley Nab8
2021-09-16 10:55Hadfield Station1
2021-09-06 08:31Hadfield Rough Fields8
2021-08-29 16:28Howard Park1
2021-09-16 08:15Lower Longdendale Reservoirs2
2021-08-29 16:50Glossop Cemetery1
2021-09-05 14:32New Forest NP--Pig Bush Inclosure3
2021-08-31 07:34Swineshaw Reservoir
2021-09-07 09:58Kinder Scout NNR--Kinder Low Edge to Kinder Bank2
2021-09-04 06:55Torside Reservoir10
2021-09-04 08:00Middleton Lakes RSPB Reserve--Warwickshire Part1
2021-08-28 07:16Woodhead Reservoir9
2021-09-01 12:30The Hirsel Country Park3
2021-08-22 07:16Three Black Cloughs and Woodhead Tunnel2
2021-09-08 12:30Longshaw Estate NT1
2021-08-27 12:00Wallington (NT)4
2021-09-17 17:00Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs
2021-08-28 14:52Port Meadow1
2021-08-23 07:30Nosterfield LNR1
2021-08-22 07:15Shadwell Farmland50
2021-09-09 09:22Holy Island2
2021-09-01 07:28Frensham Common and Ponds SSSI--Great Pond (NT)1
2021-08-30 07:58Thundry Meadows SWT NR6
2021-09-15 10:07Black Down (NT)10
2021-08-30 18:37RNN du Néouvielle (RNN4)1
2021-09-16 08:11Blackhall Rocks2
2021-08-28 09:19Hascombe Hill1
2021-09-16 06:59Hatfield Moors SSSI--Packards South4
2021-08-30 17:15North York Moors NP--Commondale2
2021-08-22 07:53Trent Port1
2021-09-17 06:15Leith Hill5
2021-08-27 15:20Worth Forest2
2021-09-15 10:03Totteridge Valley5
2021-09-06 09:17Thurlby Fen Slipe LWT NR
2021-08-20 11:50Camí Baquerira-Montgarri1
2021-09-16 09:00Fair Isle3
2021-09-11 12:41Broadwater Warren RSPB Reserve
2021-09-16 06:15Hunmanby Gap9
2021-09-04 13:56Jeskyns Community Woodland2
2021-09-17 06:10Spurn Point NNR1
2021-09-17 06:42Gibraltar Point NNR1
2021-09-06 14:29Cockley Cley Parish2
2021-09-15 14:00Lynford Arboretum1
2021-09-12 06:11Cranberry Rough and Poor's Piece2
2021-08-29 09:08Eyne--site de migration1
2021-09-16 07:05Langdon Cliffs (NT)5
2021-09-05 12:44Walsey Hills NOA NR1
2021-09-17 06:36Bockhill2
2021-08-29 08:30Vallgorguina--Poble2
2021-08-20 09:00Minsmere RSPB Reserve1
2021-09-17 17:12Forêt Domaniale de Guînes1
2021-09-01 16:20Montagne Sainte-Victoire10
2021-09-17 11:00Vlieland40
2021-08-25 10:21Planken Wambuis1
2021-09-16 14:03Domaine des Courmettes (A Rocha)1
2021-09-12 15:37Leysin (general area)5
2021-09-04 06:05Fanel--Chablais de Cudrefin6
2021-09-17 11:47Vieille Thielle2
2021-08-27 09:11Massif du Hohneck--Sommet du Kastelberg1
2021-09-08 16:07Gran Paradiso (area generale)5
2021-09-11 08:14Wasserscheide Gurnigel (migration)40
2021-09-06 08:10Boreskogen40
2021-09-04 09:05Hafrsfjord--Hagabukta6
2021-09-10 18:37Svartholsmyra5
2021-08-28 09:24Ullandhaug1
2021-09-10 09:15Lista--Skarvodden10
2021-09-05 07:15Lista Fyr
2021-09-09 10:00Lista--Vågsvollvika20
2021-09-05 08:15Slevdalsvannet2
2021-09-04 10:00Ortevatnet10
2021-09-09 10:00Parco della Vettabbia2
2021-09-12 09:33Vestre Skogsfjord1330
2021-09-04 04:21Oberdorf Toggenburg2
2021-09-10 11:59Blåbjerg Kitplantage1
2021-08-29 10:00Sangvik jorder2
2021-08-29 07:30Søgnejordet--Søgne fields1
2021-09-12 09:00Årosjordene80
2021-09-12 08:40Strandbad Eriskirch7
2021-08-25 07:55Hamresanden2
2021-08-31 12:36Håøya5
2021-09-17 14:22Vessøyjordene30
2021-09-14 18:38Barockgarten Schleswig45
2021-09-04 13:32Passo Falzarego2
2021-08-25 12:30Øreflak1
2021-09-14Lido di Spina2
2021-09-12 08:54Vammen20
2021-08-23 10:30Triungsvann (Oslo)2
2021-09-12 09:36Werbeliner See1
2021-09-05 08:23Sognsvann8
2021-09-12 11:30Maridalsvannet100
2021-09-17 09:00Mellomkollen6
2021-09-17 09:00Maridalen--Movassbekken4
2021-09-12 13:30Løvlidammen6
2021-09-17 18:07Begby Lysløype--nord for Treningsparken50
2021-09-11 07:48Mork5
2021-09-12 07:26Hakadal--Hellerud110
2021-09-15 09:35Kockholmen1
2021-09-06 10:49Plauer See--Nordufer (NSG)10
2021-09-01 11:25Burg Stuer1
2021-09-07 17:41Stilla og Stilla skytebane6
2021-09-14 06:10Nidingen5
2021-08-26 08:34Estenstaddammen--møteplass1
2021-09-05 07:12Mönster
2021-09-03 07:17Malön1
2021-09-11 12:53Hellesjøvann20
2021-09-09 07:10Mølleå, mellem Bastrup Sø og Farum Sø9
2021-08-28 13:23Jonsvatnet5
2021-08-20 06:37NP Šumava--Chalupská slať6
2021-09-14 10:00Falsterbonäset--Nabben
2021-09-14 09:00Falsterbonäset--Falsterbo fyr
2021-09-14 07:45Falsterbo--South Flommen
2021-09-13 16:40Falsterbonäset--Falsterbo stadspark2
2021-09-05 08:09Falsterbonäset--Falsterbo Horseshow area2
2021-08-31 08:30Roberts dunge2
2021-09-07 10:34Falsterbonäset--Gamla LV-42
2021-09-13 16:45Falsterbonäset--Knösen10
2021-09-15 10:10Falsterbonäset--Skanörs Ljung8
2021-09-16 08:27Hammervatnet NR--Gullberget Fugletårn1
2021-09-11 06:07Radovesická výsypka12
2021-09-11 13:29Lake Cerknica2
2021-09-14 10:35Stockamöllan200
2021-09-14 07:38Revingefältet--Sjötorps ängar4
2021-09-12 12:06Valtinovské rybníky20
2021-09-11 14:10NPP Hrabanovská černava1
2021-08-26 09:00Murkraftwerk Puntigam1
2021-09-01 12:06Vlčkovický rybník6
2021-09-17 06:00Christiansø100
2021-09-02 06:57VN Rozkoš1
2021-09-08 06:27Biological Station Illmitz1
2021-09-12 08:24Rybník Olšovec6
2021-09-07 10:31Rybníky Pankrác, Servác a Bonifác
2021-09-11 06:13CHKO Jeseníky--Červenohorské sedlo2
2021-09-11 11:03Eskilstuna--golfklubb1
2021-09-04 12:43Węgorzyno Lake, Sulęczyno8
2021-09-11 16:25Babatvölgyi tavak--Gödöllő1
2021-09-15 06:30Bergaholm, Salem1
2021-09-08 09:50Hågadalen-Nåsten NR--Hågadalen2
2021-08-21 10:23Rezerwat Torfowe Kłyle
2021-08-30 08:58Alhagen
2021-08-27 11:42Hel--Military Beach3
2021-09-17 11:30Hel--Oczyszczalnia4
2021-09-13 10:28Hel--Cypel
2021-09-11 12:28Fysingen--Ströms mad
2021-09-02 14:26Trolldalen3
2021-09-16 09:17Tatry NP--Kasprowy Wierch3
2021-09-15 13:38Tatra National Park--green trail, Kuźnice, Kasprowy Wierch, Kondratowa Glade, Czerwone Wierchy
2021-09-14 11:37Drapolicz Tower
2021-09-09 10:00Vysoké Tatry - Skalnatá dolina15
2021-08-25 10:12Hor Valley2
2021-08-29 16:21Niepołomice Forest--Drwinka meadows9
2021-09-10Szczucin (town)1
2021-09-13 11:43Stawy Raszyńskie2
2021-09-17 08:24Wisła--Praski brzeg1
2021-08-19 06:25Akcja Carpatica Ringing camp1
2021-09-15 09:56Curonian Spit National Park (Kuršių Nerijos Nacionalinis Parkas)60
2021-09-17 09:03Ventės ragas30
2021-09-04 12:39Kökar--Hamnön lintulava2
2021-08-30 10:00Rila National Park--Malyovitsa Area5
2021-09-11 08:19Parainen--Houtskari Borgberg3
2021-09-17 06:00Biebrza NP--Dobarz area20
2021-08-28 07:07Pori--Reposaari
2021-09-05 07:39Mustasaari--Klobbskat17
2021-09-08 17:44Pori--Levon lammet lintutorni1
2021-08-22 10:10Merikarvia--Kasala, Niittuneva2
2021-09-09 08:24Närpiö--Pjelax, W-ranta
2021-08-28 11:30Beglika Nature Reserve2
2021-08-23 11:49Nauvo--Seili4
2021-09-11 16:09Turku--Ruissalo Krottilanlahti lintutorni56
2021-09-11 13:38Turku--Ruissalo botanical garden100
2021-09-11 16:59Turku--Ruissalo Kansanpuisto70
2021-09-11 17:18Turku--Ruissalo Tammenterho lintulava2
2021-09-06 13:33Turku--Hirvensalo, Pikisaari1
2021-09-15 18:55Turku--Friskalanlahti lintutorni25
2021-09-07 06:47Kaarina--Rauvolanlahti3
2021-08-26 10:34Aptasvare NR
2021-09-13 09:00Białowieża Forest--Łutownia valley6
2021-09-17 11:04Kaarina--Järvelän kosteikko2
2021-09-17 16:45Harjavalta--Pitkäjärvi lintutorni1
2021-08-29 06:22Kurjenrahka NP22
2021-09-16 06:30Siemianówka Reservoir (IBA PL170)1
2021-09-17 08:01Kemiönsaari--Morgonlandet400
2021-09-11 07:00Hanko--Maankaatopaikka3
2021-09-13 09:00Hanko--Täktom
2021-09-17 17:39Hanko--Täktom lintutorni
2021-09-17 16:08Hanko--Svanvik lintutorni
2021-09-09 18:25Vöyri--Oravainen Ånas
2021-09-12 11:50Salo--Halikonlahti
2021-09-11 07:23Mangalsala
2021-09-16 09:19Dole--Zirnu Sala (Pea Island)1
2021-08-27 11:32Kokkola--Harrbådan
2021-09-12 17:06Lohja--Kirkniemen lintutorni
2021-09-17 08:25Tampere--Iidesjärvi25
2021-09-05 09:00Inkoo--Kopparnäs Långvassfjärden12
2021-09-17 08:35Siuntio--Kasavuori36
2021-09-10 06:22Kokkola--Lohtaja Marinkainen
2021-09-09 08:12Kalnai Park1
2021-09-04 06:46Kirkkonummi--Rönnskär80
2021-09-15 08:00Sapieginės miškas
2021-09-09 08:47Kirkkonummi--Saltfjärden lintutorni4
2021-09-05 07:06Hämeenlinna--Sampo70
2021-09-06 10:22Kirkkonummi--Luoma6
2021-09-08 09:05Espoo--Kulmakorpi
2021-09-08 08:14Espoo--Kirkkojärvi2
2021-09-11 07:10Espoo--Kytö2
2021-09-04 07:52Espoo--Laajalahti, Maarin lintutorni4
2021-09-05 09:00Espoo--Laajalahti, Elfvikin lintutorni
2021-09-15 18:29Helsinki--Lauttasaari Myllykallio lintutorni70
2021-09-11 06:29Helsinki--Lauttasaari
2021-09-01 06:46Helsinki--Hietaniemi1
2021-09-07 08:17Helsinki--Tähtitorninmäki20
2021-09-04 08:09Helsinki--Vanhankaupunginlahti61
2021-09-08 18:49Helsinki--Etu-Viikki, pellot5
2021-09-06 09:10Helsinki--Skatanniemi
2021-09-14 08:18Raahe--Maivaperä1
2021-09-05 06:27Raahe--Aittalahti lintutorni
2021-09-01 06:20Raahe--Pitkäkari lintutorni
2021-09-16 06:47Raahe--Pattijokisuu
2021-09-05 09:11Raahe--Kaatopaikka
2021-09-05 11:08Raahe--Inakari
2021-09-13 06:45Siikajoki--Tauvo, Kaasa6
2021-09-08 06:59Siikajoki--Tauvo
2021-09-04 12:19Porvoo--Kummelskär3
2021-09-05 09:45Lapinjärvi Lintutorni, Lapinjärvi
2021-09-09 11:15Oulu--Oulunsalo, Papinjärvi13
2021-09-13 14:23Hietasaari Loistokari Lintutorni, Oulu2
2021-09-13 08:05Oulunsalo--Kempeleenlahti lintutorni6
2021-08-22 11:00Hankasalmi--Leväsenlampi lintutorni50
2021-09-10 09:30Lappeenranta--Joutseno, Konnunsuo mutka lintutorni
2021-09-09 14:40Inari--Kaamanen, Neljän Tuulen Tupa1
2021-09-05 08:56Большая Ижора (Bolshaya Izhora General Area)
2021-09-10 13:05Государственный природный заказник Юнтоловский (Yuntolovskiy Zakaznik)
2021-09-16 09:52Salla--Oulanka NP, north part8
2021-09-01 09:02Jerusalem Bird Observatory התחנה לחקר ציפורי ירושלים1
2021-08-28 09:00От СНТ Конструктор до левого берега реки Искона (From SNT Konstruktor to Left Bank of Iskona River)3
2021-09-12 08:14Поле Рядом С Шишково (Field Near Shishkovo)3
2021-09-12 08:14Заброшенная ферма к востоку от Шишково (Abandoned Farm East of Shishkovo)3
2021-09-12 14:32Лотошинский Рыбхоз (Lotoshino Fish Farm)5
2021-09-12 10:30Виноградовская Пойма (Vinogradovo Floodplains)1
2021-08-29 06:27Shuamta Raptor Watchpoint1
2021-08-28 08:12Краски (Kraski)12