Dickcissel Sighting

Dickcissel Kingsland

Dicksissel Erie





Chris Takacs reports spotting a Dickcissel yesterday flying over the Harrier Meadow Natural Area in North Arlington. While yesterday’s sighting was most likely a migrant bird heading south, the small, American seed-eating species did attempt to nest on the Kingsland Landfill  in 2013 (see photo on left above). A second picture shows a Dickcissel on the Erie Landfill in 2014. They can be a really tough bird to see in our area. The Dickcissel is a grassland bird that doesn’t nest near us. Usually there are one or two sightings a year around the area, with Liberty State Park and Overpeck Park being likely viewing spots.

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