After seeing multiple e-Bird alerts for the Dickcissel, we headed out in the morning on Friday for a short drive south to try and find this rare bird.  We found the birds on McCallum Line just a bit west of Brigden Road. 

The male Dickcissel was in a dead tree on the roadside signing his distinctive song.  As we watched him, we noted the female was across the road in a small shrub.  Eventually we observed a female with nesting material in her beak and also observed the male pursuing her in courtship behavior.

The Dickcissel is a grassland bird, which makes it tough for them to find habitat in a heavily agricultural area like Lambton County.  If we had more tallgrass prairie areas in the county we might see more of these birds!

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Roberta and Mark Buchanan are nature enthusiasts who are always eager to share their outdoor experiences with others. Roberta is a retired educator with a passion for birding, and Mark is a retired engineer who enjoys photography.

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  • L. Jamieson

    Several Dickcissels were seen at Dow Wetlands on July 1st and also at Blackwell Park on July 2nd.

    • 6:16 pm - July 2, 2017

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