Wednesday, June 18, 2014


John Holden and I took photos of this Dickcissel at the Great Western Industrial Park near Randolph, Minnesota, on June 11, 2014. I have blogged about this species on several occasions, such as in June 2010. This Dickcissel seemed inordinately beautiful, with its streaked back and yellow crown.
Dickcissels are abundant breeders in grasslands of the upper midwest of North America. They are, however, nomadic and their occurrence is erratic and unpredictable. Unlike so many of our other prairie birds, dickcissels appear able to adapt to the destruction of our native grasslands. They tolerate disturbed habitat and even thrive in some farmlands (Temple 2002). Dickcissels winter in huge numbers in Venezuela, where they can cause tremendous damage to cropland.

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