Dickcissels bringing food to the nest site in Franklin Wisconsin on July 8, 2016

I did some birding in Franklin at a spot that has had some nesting Dickcissels. Bruce joined me and we enjoyed watching the females bringing insects to two different nests. The nests being just off the ground in grasses we did see and did not want to disturb the nesting site looking for them. Males were present too in the nesting areas, and not sure, but I thought I saw a male transfer an insect to a female who took it into the nest. Feeding was on and off during the time we were there. What I found interesting to see at this location was an area of undeveloped land that was total non-native species, some very aggressive species, such as Crownvetch, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Teasel, Bull Thistle, Burdock to name a few along with some non-natives grasses in which the nests were, something I would consider big mess and the Dickcissels found it a place to nest, great! Images were taken on July 8, 2016.

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Dickcissel, female with grasshopper

Dickcissel

Binomial name: Spiza americana

Category: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies

Size: 6.25” long, 9.75” wing span

Weight: 0.95 oz

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Dickcissel, female with grasshopper

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Dickcissel, female with something

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female with something

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female

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Dickcissel, female with something

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female with grasshopper

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female with something

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female

Purple Finches, Northern Cardinals, and Black-capped Chickadees feeding on the natural food supply

Purple Finches, Northern Cardinals, and Black-capped Chickadees feeding on the natural food supply, crab apples for their seeds and white ash seeds in the South Kettle Moraine, Waukesha County, WI. Photographs were taken on March 7, 2014

Purple Finches

Purple Finch - Male

Purple Finch – Male

Purple Finch - Male

Purple Finch – Male

Purple Finch - Female

Purple Finch – Female

Northern Cardinals

Cardinal - Male

Northern Cardinal – Male

Cardinal - Male

Northern Cardinal – Male

Black-capped Chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee -Hammering on the seed shell!

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee – Holding the seed firm!

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Dickcissel

At least a couple of nesting pairs of Dickcissels were present in the Scuppernong Prairie area in Waukesha County Wisconsin. When I was there I watched adults bringing food to the young in the nests. The nests were in short  growing brush vegetation in the open prairies. Images were taken on August 6, 2011.

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Dickcissel

Binomial name: Spiza americana

Category: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies

Size: 6.25” long, 9.75” wing span

Weight: 0.95 oz

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Dickcissel, male left – Dickcissel, female right

 

Dickcissel flying into the nest with food

Dickcissel flying into the nest with food (in middle of image)