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Dickcissel Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: One of the most recognizable sounds when driving on a country road on a summer day in South Dakota...the chirping song of a Dickcissel.  They're very common in many parts of the state, including here in eastern South Dakota where much of the "habitat" is limited to corn and soybean fields.  The photo below was taken on May 28th, 2018 in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, and perfectly represents a Dickcissel in my mind...a small, colorful, charismatic bird, singing his heart out from the top of a high perch.

Dickcissel - Spiza americana

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Dickcissel 1

July 11th, 2009

Lyman County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 2

June 5th, 2006

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 3

June 5th, 2005

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 4

June 5th, 2005

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel - Spiza americana

Dickcissel - Spiza americana

Dickcissel - Spiza americana

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

 Dickcissel 5

June 5th, 2005

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 6

June 5th, 2006

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 7

June 5th, 2006

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 8

July 31st, 2008

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

Dickcissel 9

July 31st, 2008

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 10

July 31st, 2008

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 11

July 11th, 2009

Fort Pierre National Grasslands, S. Dakota

Dickcissel 12

July 11th, 2009

Fort Pierre National Grasslands, S. Dakota

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

Dickcissel - Spiza americana 

Dickcissel - Spiza americana

Dickcissel 13

May 28th, 2010

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 14

August 17th, 2013

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Dickcissel 15

May 28th, 2018

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

 Click here for the species description page for the Dickcissel.


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