Siskins are beginning to appear in our garden again. Sian had some some weeks ago but she does live nearer conifers than we do. These beautiful small finches, with very forked tails, are pretty distinctive, with their yellow-green colouring. The males are brighter, with lovely dark crowns and bibs while the juveniles are more streaky and pale. The population of Siskins grew with the increase in pine plantations in the UK. They venture into gardens more in the New Year, so keep your eyes peeled. Conditions: This unbelievably mild spell continues with the forecast predicting that it is 12c during the day, today but 14c in the night!