Dickcissel is a small, sparrow-sized bird found during breeding season in prairie grasslands of the United States. Rarely, a few will make their way as far east as New Jersey, especially when environmental factors stress the species’ breed population, like a prolonged drought in their primary breeding area.
This beautiful bird has been hanging out in the Edwin Forsythe Wildlife Refuge for the past several days. I don’t often have success when I chase rarities, but today was an exception and I got great looks of this fellow. He spent lots of time in the open, singing away.