Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dickcissel

dickcissel The dickcissel is a small passerine that can often be found in tall grass land habitat. They spend the summer on breeding territories in the grassland of the central plains. From eastern Montana in the west to Ohio and Kentucky in the east and from southern Canada in the north down to eastern Texas in the south. The nest is a cup style nest typically made up of grasses placed slightly off the ground in a the tall grass, shrub or small tree.
dickcissel In the fall the dickcissel began to gather together in flocks. They migrate south into either the coastal areas of Central America or northern portions of South America. On their wintering grounds they will congregate into large flocks that may reach up to millions of birds. These pictures were taken last summer. The top photo was taken near Rochester, MN and the bottom photo was taken in Dakota County.


12 comments:

Paula Scott said...

I love learning about all the birds out there via your blog. I wish my brain would retain the info better, but it certainly expands my level of awareness, nonetheless! Millions in a flock? Wow. Would love to film that.

Kate said...

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photowannabe said...

They look like they belong in the sparrow or finch family. It would be amazing to see a flock of a million of these little guys.

Roger Owen Green said...

Beautiful bird I never heard of.

Carol said...

Oh to be able to see such a huge flock!!! Great photos!!!

Kay L. Davies said...

I've never seen or heard of this bird before, but I looked it up under "Birds of Alberta" and voila, there it was. Who knew?
Perhaps if I saw one, I might have thought it was some kind of goldfinch, certainly some kind of finch, because of its beak.
Very interesting. Thank you!

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ChrisJ said...

I've never seen this bird. I must say he looks rather sharp. I will have to look him up in my bird book to see if he is found in this area.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

That dickcissel looks comfortable in that branches, what a great photography

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Jama said...

Love that second shot!

Scott Simmons said...

Fantastic! Wonderful images.

Pat said...

Wonderful captures of this delightful little bird!

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