Dickcissel

June 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Saturday morning I headed out at 6am with a specific goal in mind...find and photograph an Eastern Meadowlark. I stopped at a nearby spot with good light and where I thought I had caught a glimpse of an Easter Meadowlark earlier in the week. While I successfully located and photographed a Meadowlark, I was unable to get into a good position and ultimately failed to capture a really good image. It's just the way it goes sometimes. While I was waiting patiently for the meadowlark to move into a better position, I realized there was a bird doing it's best to put on a show for me. It was a Dickcissel singing it's little heart out. Funny how I drown out what it going on around me sometimes, especially when I am really focused on another target. As you read the following description on the Dickcissel, you will find some irony between the bird I was after verses the bird I ended up capturing in this image.

"A sparrow-like bird of the prairie grasslands of the United States, the Dickcissel congregates in huge flocks in migration and on its tropical grassland wintering grounds. The breeding male is colored like a tiny meadowlark, with a black "V" on a yellow chest"

In the Midwest in summer, male Dickcissels sometimes seem to sing their name from every wire, fencepost, or weed stalk in prairie or farming country. Very erratic in summer occurrence, they may nest in large numbers in an area one year and be totally absent there the next, presumably as a response to rainfall and its effect on habitat. Away from their mid-continent stronghold, migrant Dickcissels are often detected by their electric-buzzer callnote as they fly overhead. Most winter in the tropics, but a few spend the winter at bird feeders in the Northeast, where they usually flock with House Sparrows.

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