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.
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.