Song of the Dickcissel

A small sparrow like bird that wears a distinct black bow tie and has shiny yellow breast -the Dickcissel is a remarkably gifted singer whose musical notes waft in the summer air over prairies and grasslands!

Although I’ve seen and heard the Dickcissel several times, I was able to get some decent pictures recently while passing through tall grass prairie in central Iowa.  What is remarkable about the Dickcissel is that it tends to mainly breed in the Midwest prairies. But even before the cold wind blows, the Dickcissel has already packed its bags and soared all the way to Venezuela!


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