Dickcissel Delight


Another day of travel and we’ve arrived at the northwest corner of Iowa for a week’s stay.  The next day, we visited the Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, Iowa’s largest remaining prairie and home to over 200 bison.

We had hoped but didn’t sight any bison.  Exciting though, I was able to capture a Dickcissel singing beautifully out on the prairie.  A new lifer #224 for me!  πŸ’ƒ


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Dickcissel (male)


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Dickcissel (male)



41 thoughts on “Dickcissel Delight

    • Thank you, Hans! I’ve seen/photographed bison many times in years past, both as a kid, then during our 2014 west trip. But I still want to see those massive beasts again this summer. πŸ™‚

  1. I think finding a dickcissel is far more enchanting than a bison, Donna. It’s hard to find dickcissels anymore, with the dwindling prairies. And capturing him singing with all his heart — this is truly a gem. Wonderful!

    • I’ll trade this Dickcissel sighting for bison any day! 😊 Oh my, my adrenaline was truly pumping, Jet, he was so far out on the prairie, and singing! Wow, we both could hear him so well, it was a gem of a moment.

  2. They look so pretty singing out in the tall grass! I have finally learned to tell if one is about just by hearing its song. Beautiful photos!

    • Thank you, Rebecca! I was so excited to see this one after recently seeing your post on them. πŸ™‚ I downloaded my card as soon as I got in the door, with fingers crossed I got a shot, lol. We both loved this one’s singing, it was so pretty. A thrilling moment all way around!

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