My office has been under construction for nearly 2 months now, and my temporary office is, uh…not ideal. It’s an open cube, shared with 2 other people, 6 feet from the bathroom doors. Lovely…and hard to work when you’re used to your own office with a door you can shut. Because of that, I’ve been working at home most of the time.
I had an unexpected surprise today while working at home. I went into the kitchen to get a drink, looked out the patio doors at the thistle (niger) feeder, and saw a Pine Siskin. June 2nd? A Pine Siskin in southeast South Dakota? It wasn’t even something on my radar, so I had to do a double take, and check it out at close range just to be sure. Pine Siskins are something you’d only expect in the winter around here, and even though they can be pretty locally common, I rarely get them at my feeders.
The map above shows the supposed range for a Pine Siskin. Strange! A nice surprise, and actually after checking my eBird list for the year, I hadn’t seen one yet this year. June 2nd…not the date I’d expect to see my first Pine Siskin here!