Kip’s Comments 6-4-19

Male Dickcissel - Image 571799 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I Am Impressed (X2) and I Am Surprised

Alert drivers, especially those driving slower on gravel roads, may see dickcissels calling from fences, shrubbery, or anything else they choose to perch on. I was lucky today to notice this very nice looking male dickcissel calling to a mate from a branch at eye level. I must admit, he impressed me by his appearance, and I am only a birder/photographer – not a female dickcissel. What do you think? Isn’t he impressive? 

Male Dickcissel:   

Male Dickcissel - Image 571786 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Dickcissel – Image 571786 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Dickcissel - Image 571799 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Dickcissel – Image 571799 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Just feet from the dickcissel was this field sparrow with two green grubs in its mouth. This was a “Life” bird for me – one I had not seen before. That was impressive. Also impressive was how the bird managed to capture and hold two wiggling grubs in its beak at the same time.  Think about it…how does it catch the second one with the first one in its mouth? 

Field Sparrow with Green Grubs: 

Field Sparrow with Green Grubs - Image 571685 (© Kip Ladage)

Field Sparrow with Green Grubs – Image 571685 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Field Sparrow with Green Grubs - Image 571707 (© Kip Ladage)

Field Sparrow with Green Grubs – Image 571707 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My surprise came when I spotted this yellow iris along shallow sheet water. Since the area was a disturbed area, I am going to assume a yellow iris bulb was somehow dropped here and became established. 

Yellow Iris:

Yellow Iris - Image 571826 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Iris – Image 571826 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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