Today was a wonderful day to be out on the prairie at Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve. It was not too hot, the wind kept the bugs down (somewhat) and the birds were lively.

The biggest highlight were the Dickcissels. We counted 26 Dickcissels (possibly some repeats) and heard them for nearly the entire time we were there. Other notable birds were two Orchard Orioles, Lark Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and the most plump Eastern Meadowlark I’ve ever seen.

We did not find the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (as posted by Dan Williams) but are pretty sure we found a pole that has been “worked over” pretty well.

Dickcissel
Dickcissel {Spiza americana}