Dickcissel singing on Edison Loop

Observers: J. Zatorski
Email: jerryzat@verizonmail.com
Verification: MONO
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Date: 05/16/2007
Time: 02:54 PM -0400


Seen from below a large sparrow shaped bird with white belly, yellow breast, black triangular throat patch with white chin. Bill was large and gray. Parts of wing that could be seen were light brown and I could just make out the rufous wing coverts. Song was "tick tick followed by a warble-like jumble of 3-4 notes. NGS describes the song as "dick dick dickcissel". This sighting is a tad early for the possible window of May 22 - June 16 as shown in the Heindel graphs. Edison Loop is a runner's term for the road up to Bishop Bowl; the bird was seen in a Jeffrey Pine in a grove about a 1/2 mile west or up hill from Edison Junction which is along the McGee Ck. Rd.  Approximately, 2 miles north of Aspendell, as the crow flies.