When I lived in Massachusetts, I didn't see Pine Siskins that often, so it's been fun getting to know them better in California.
Here's a classic pose, hanging onto a sweetgum seed pod:
The siskins frequently feed upside down, and often in close proximity to each other:
After feeding, they will sometimes sit quietly in the sun with their eyes closed:
The activity of the siskins attracted other birds. While the siskins would roll the seeds around in their bills, the Chestnut-backed Chickadees had a slightly different feeding strategy. They would extract a seed, then take it to a perch and hammer on the seed to separate it from its winged covering.
The Lesser Goldfinches also hung from the pods, and fed in a similar way to the siskins, maneuvering the seeds in their bills. How many goldfinches can you find in the photo below?
[There are four goldfinches in the photo above — three near the center (top, middle, bottom), and one in the upper right corner.]