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In the second photo, is that a male siskin in its mouth?
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Yes it is a Male Siskin. It was also without a ring, which was the first thing I checked.
I saw the pine martin with the siskin in its mouth when I was watching from a distance. It then dropped the siskin and vacated the scene (not having noticed me).
I then went outside and sat on the step, when within 5 minutes, the pine martin returned and retrieved the dead siskin from infront of me (around 3 feet away from my bare feet !)
Since then, 2 have been seen during day. Is this unusual because, about 5 years ago, I had 2 (presumably young) playing under the land-rover I was in when I was having a tea-break. This was not far from here.
Cheers for now, Calum
I'm not familiar enough with pine martins in gardens to say, we don't get them in Yorkshire.
However, looking at the number of records I've seen of pine martins in gardens I suspect they are dot as shy as we often think they are, or at least they are getting braver; perhaps due to reduced persecution so they are loosing their fear of humans?
Lat/Lng: 56.8475, -5.0461
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