DickcisselNovember 2004


A large finch about the size of or larger than a house sparrow, the dickcissel arrived at the end of October, stayed for several days, and then continued migrating.

Dickcissels appear to be somewhat uncommon in central Pennsylvania these days; most of them are east of the Rockies and west of the Appalachias.

Dickcissel on fence
  On the dickcissel's first day here, she (or a winter-colored he) was content to study the bird feeder setup from the top of the fence.
Dickcissel on ground
  Subsequently, the dickcissel joined juncos, various sparrows, and mourning doves in going after the seed tossed out by nuthatches, cardinals, and titmice.
Dickcissel seed hunting
  Photo note: I used a Pentax *istD, with the SMC-A* 300mm lens with a Pentax 1.4x adapter for these photos.

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