Now a Dickcissel in August doesn’t sound that exciting for someone living in Central Indiana. But in North Central Illinois in August it can be hard to find.
As I recalled in a November 2013 post that in late July 2012 I decided to bird everyday in August 2012 and to see how many more birds I would see than my normal August birding. I knew from past experience that I would probably need to see Sedge Wren and Dickcissel the first week.
I started the month by birding the places that both species had been in July. Sedge Wrens were still holding on at the same spot at Matthiessen SP, but Dickcissel were notably silent at Matthiessen, a spot they were usually reliable year after year and had been in July. So I checked a couple of other reliable spots. Same thing, quiet. And it was like that for the rest of the month. The Sedge Wrens though hung on until mid-August.
I am not sure what was different that year. I was out every day in prime habitat. And in previous years they would hang on until mid-August. Another one of those bird mysteries.
So now anytime I see a Dickcissel in August I always think back to the summer of 2012.
And a few more photos from Driftwood SWA a week ago.