|Male Dickcissel Singing|
On June 4th I took a drive to a spot off Haegler Road in Monroe, North Carolina. My goal was to see Dickcissel which were previously found and reported. When I arrived all I had to do was lower my windows in the car to hear multiple Dickcissel calling and chipping from all around me. I pulled over in a parking lot around 8:15 that morning and was treated to three of them at one time. Two males singing their hearts out and a female flying just a short distance from one of the males calling back at him. I grabbed my camera gear and started to take some pics. I was almost neglecting the other birds around me. I love Purple Martins but for some reason I didn't bother to take there pictures even though they were just 20 feet away on the ground. I was caught up with Dickcissel fever. It's been a couple of years since I have seen one and I just love this bird so much I was completely distracted. I took some video at a great distance and it was a bit fuzzy but this male was singing his heart out and I didn't want to approach him and cause him to fly away. So that's my excuse for my poor video but great sound capture.
I did however get to watch a pair copulate! No doubt about breeding here for sure. It is a wheat field so most likely they will be gone before harvest time. But there is another small problem and that's the Hessia Fly infect and destroy wheat fields. They are numerous here and this can adversely affect the crops. If sprayed to combat this problem I fear there could be a problem with the type of chemicals that they use. That remains to be seen. I personally feel it's too late to spray but never underestimate a farmer trying to get his crop to market.
I took some photo's and want to share them with you. These show the male and female that copulated. No I don't have a picture of the actual copulation but I did try. The problem was that the male mounted her and was off in under two seconds. I didn't have time to even push the shutter release. lol But that is more her problem than mine. Yes, I know that's a typical male response. Take a look and a listen to these Dickcissel. Pretty cool little bird don't you think! Youtube Video of a Male Dickcissel singing.