Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

A female dickcissel was photographed along Basswood Road in Three Oaks Township on Aug. 15 by Brad Anderson. What makes this noteworthy is that dickcissels are extremely difficult to locate in our area during August, as males stop singing during July after young have left the nest. Anderson says that in addition to the bird photographed, there were several additional dickcissels in the same field.

The dickcissel is a grassland songbird, about the size of a common house sparrow. They are found in varying numbers each summer in Michigan, which is at the northeastern edge of its summer range limit.