This is a repost from my "A Tallgrass Journal" blog this morning. Frequently my activities take me through the same avenues in my art work as well as in my interest of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. I've been spending these days exploring prairie remnants, but still along the little creek that flows past our home in the valley. The tallgrass is entering summer now and there is no holding it back!
One pleasant personal observation this year has been the larger than remembered vocal presence of Dickcissels. They are even calling from the fences bordering our own yard! Now this is likely a good opportunity to get more photos of this grassland favorite...but Murphy's Law steps in with cases like this. If you go out and dig thistle or mow, or pull brome - they sing praises to you! If you even carry something "looking like" a camera - they leave for the neighbor's pasture! Little buggers! But it's nice to hear and see so many here this summer; would be nice if they were actually rebounding a little.
I'm embedding a very short video here of a male Dickcissel singing from a pasture fence post...many people don't realize what a pretty little bird this is (or don't even recognize what kind of bird it is!)...although the video isn't a "close-up" of the bird, it will give you an idea of how it looks. For a better look at a Dickcissel, you can view a closer shot in a past post in this blog - Here. If you subscribe to this blog via e-mail the link for the video feed is - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwuepAhj36E. (That link would also allow full screen viewing.)
Enjoy the birds on the prairie this summer!