The bird version of an old drinking game

Photo by Chris Bosak Pine siskins visit a feeder in Danbury, Connecticut, March 2019.

This post may be stretching it a bit, but what the heck …

During my college years, one of the drinking games we used to play was “One up, one down.” Those who knew the secret would always get the right answer and not have to drink. Those who guessed wrong had to drink. I’ll give away the secret and spoil the game because I doubt a lot of college students are regularly checking in with BirdsofNewEngland.com. Anyway, one player raises both hands, one hand or neither hand. (It’s actually a bit more complicated, but you get the idea.) Another player has to say “one up,” “two up,” or “zero up.” The game only works, obviously, when new people are at the party; otherwise, everyone would always get the right answer.

Well, the reason for that stroll down Memory Lane was that I was reminded of that game while watching pine siskins at my feeder during yesterday’s snowfall. Check out the photos and you’ll see why.

See, I told you it was a stretch.

Photo by Chris Bosak Pine siskins visit a feeder in Danbury, Connecticut, March 2019.
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