Wildlife advent calendar: Day 19: Siskin
These small energetic finches are resident throughout British conifer woodland. Populations of Siskins in the UK soar during the winter as more individuals arrive here from the rest of Europe. Throughout the year they are commonly seen in Scotland and Wales but as populations rise between October to March, they become more common in England as well.
Usually Siskins stay close to their own breeding grounds in the UK, however, they will move further afield if food is in short supply. Males start to aggressively compete for females during the winter ready for the breeding season in early spring.
Image taken from Flickr user Tony Smith
RSPB website – Siskin