Another bird seen at the High Desert Museum. This one is a pine siskin, yet another bird that also lives west of the Cascades. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, pine siskins like to nest on the ends of branches away from the trunk of the tree. Does this nest look far from the trunk? They also like to nest in conifers which this is not. Remember- a conifer does not have leaves.
My guess is that this bird was searching for insects in some other bird’s nest. See the straw around its beak? It was probably digging its beak into the nest and pulled out more than a bug.