Pine Siskin, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada by Barbara Levy

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Last April, despite our Provincial parks and nature reserves being closed due to the pandemic, my photographer brother, Michael, and I had a wonderful time visiting many beautiful locations — ideal for birdwatching — here on Salt Spring Island. One of these special places is a well-established orchard which the owner has kindly kept open for the public to enjoy.

We arrived a little later one morning to catch the sweet scent of the pink apple blossoms which had just started opening and to look for signs of the bright visitors, who had begun to forage through the trees with our resident birds. After being captivated by a female Yellow warbler, I caught a glimpse of the subtle hints of yellow on the wings and tail of a Pine Siskin busily catching insects in the new green leaves. At first, my photographs of this diminutive member of the finch family were more high key, but then, when my siskin friend suddenly decided to alight on a much lower perch, that gave me the opportunity to create a soft bokeh backdrop which, for me, really makes this image an enchanting vision of Spring!

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