When I got into birding about five years ago, I was told that I would be finding that there were many species that I had never heard of. Well that certainly proved to be right, when we were birding with experienced birders and they mentioned the possibility of seeing a Dickcissel. What?? What the heck is a Dickcissel?? A bird that Richard Cissel discovered??? No, it turned out to be another of the 854 species found in this country. I don’t know how it got it’s name. Maybe I’ll look into it.
Anyway it is a bird that is found in the rural areas in grasslands and shrubs. About two years ago, we came across this pair while driving along a quiet highway. They are about six and a half inches, and because of their coloring and quickness they don’t immediately catch your attention. They have yellow breast with a black bib, but unfortunately in these photos it doesn’t show up. And these are the only photos I have of them.
Enjoy the photos and click on any of them to see an enlargement.
Update: In my quest to see 210 different species during 2014 I have added two more.
#42 Northern Pintail
#43 Blue Jay
I should add several more in the next few days. Ann and I are leaving tomorrow morning, Jan. 9, to spend the weekend in the Big Bend country of west Texas. Ann wanted to spend her 75th birthday on the 10th there. I won’t be doing another post until early next week.