Bird Watching On The Prairie

Last Saturday, I took a day trip and drove down to visit fellow blogger, Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home.  She’s a ranger at Prairie State Park.

You can read all about my rock star tour in this post.  Birding on the prairie is a bit more listening than watching.  You can hear the birds but spotting them is a bit more difficult.

Of course, we spotted the hawks easily but not easy to photograph.  Rebecca did help me spot and introduce me to a new (to me) bird: The Dickcissel.

We heard these birds before we could spot them.  The zoom lens and a bit of cropping happened in all my photos of them. 

I took the first set of photos while hiking on one of the prairie trails with Rebecca. As we returned to the nature center, I took the quarter-mile loop behind the building in hopes of simply capturing the vast expansive feeling of the open prairie.

I failed at that. However, I did spot more Dickcissel birds. So attempted a few more photos of them. They were mostly sitting in short shrubs blending in a bit with the small branches. One little bird did cooperate a tiny bit. 

The camera not so much. 

Have you spotted any new birds lately?

Linking this post up with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’

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15 thoughts on “Bird Watching On The Prairie

  1. Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

    Pretty birds!
    I don’t think I have seen one here in northeast Mississippi – probably too many trees – even though we are in their migratory path.
    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It shows our area of the state on their map as well but I’ve never seen one around here, same thing, probably too many trees. Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!

  2. Phil Slade

    I guess it’s not easy birding on the vast areas of prairie, something I’ve only seen in pictures or the TV. But you did fine with those pictures Jean. And congrats on it being a new bird.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It was certainly different. Of course, sometimes I think if a bird isn’t going to be found (and only heard), it doesn’t matter what kind of terrain.

    1. Jean Post author

      It was very exciting to see one. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend as well. Seems mine is flying by this time.

  3. Betty Crow

    There were lots of Dicksissels in late May and June, but they seem to have moved on north now. They have a unique call. Pretty birds. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Jean Post author

      They are very pretty birds and you’re right about that unique call. Hope you have a wonderful day as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I am so glad I was able to come visit as well. Jubilee looks like a lot of fun but my oldest has a band competition that day (Ironically, not too far away but band competitions tend to be all day things).

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