are a vocal summer
resident in the state, especially in the eastern part, where they can often be
found singing their djjk-djjk-djjk-cissel song
from fenceposts, wires, and plant tops. They seem to vary locally quite a
bit from year to year, presumably in response to vegetation condition and other
Habitat: Nests in alfalfa and clover fields, as well as native
meadows and grasslands.
Diet: Primarily insects in the
summer. Seeds and grains may make up the majority of the winter diet.
Behavior: Behavior Info Here
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Neotropical migrant, summering in the
U.S. and wintering in Central and South America.
Similar Species: Male generally distinctive,
female similar to female House Sparrow.
Bird Feeders: Will occasionally come to feeders for small
seeds and grains.
Conservation Status: Once a fairly common breeder in the Atlantic
states, but disappeared as a breeding species there by 1900. While
reestablishing itself in pockets in the east, overall they are probably in
decline across the country. Often nests in
alfalfa fields, sometimes resulting in large numbers of young being lost when
the fields are mowed. Also is a common host to cowbird young.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Dickcissel"
Photo Information: May 26th, 2003 -- Western
Minnehaha County -- Terry Sohl
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