Monday 25 March 2024

Siskin - a winter visitor to Abington

22nd March 2024 - there have been a few Siskin seen on bird feeders around the villages recently. They were first reported along Bourn Bridge Road and Cambridge Road in the second half of February, and more recently in Lewis Crescent. 

These small finches are largely winter visitors to southern parts of the UK, often seen in mixed flocks with other finches on bird feeders.  In summer they breed in coniferous forests further north in the UK, in northern Europe and in Scandinavia, although some also breed around Thetford Forest.

Males are easily distinguished from other finches by their smaller size, black cap and bib, greeny-yellow breast and rump, and darker wings with yellow barring.  Females are less brightly coloured, with a dark-streaked pale breast, but retaining the yellow rump.

Male Siskin. Note the greeny-yellow breast and black cap.

Male Siskin. Note the characteristic greeny-yellow rump and darker wings and tail.

Male Siskin

Female Siskin. Generally paler yellowy-green hue, streaky pale breast,
pale yellow wingbar on dark wing feathers

Female Siskin. 
[photos Andy M]

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (