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Fed-ag partnership helps dickcissel to keep to cropping up in fields

We were driving slowly west along Powder Mill Road when my wife, Pat, spotted a blue bird perched on a post. I pulled over and carefully backed up a bit, just in time to see the indigo bunting fly off. But with no road noise, we could hear a different bird singing away nearby. It only took a minute to find the songster sitting atop a fence.

He made a couple of soft buzzy notes followed by a brief pause and then, “DIK-DIK-ciss-ciss-cissa.” He repeated the song over-and-over again. This was a dickcissel (Spiza Americana) singing out his name.

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