Date: 12/25/20 8:08 pm
From: Aelita J Pinter <apinter...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] New Yard Bird
Beth, a few years ago I had a dickcissel spend the entire winter. The scenario was very much like yours - it was with a large flock of house sparrows, came to the feeders every day.

Lita Pinter
New Orleans (Broadmoor)

From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Elizabeth Wiggins <000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2020 9:48 PM
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Subject: [LABIRD-L] New Yard Bird

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Merry Christmas! I haven’t been able to do much backyard watching this month but on Dec 15, I looked out the back door at a hoard of House Sparrows on my feeders and one looked “suspicious”. I grabbed the camera and fired off a few shots before the group got spooked and they all disappeared. I kind of forgot about it for a few days and then decided to download the pics and take a better look. The “suspect” was my first ever backyard Dickcissel - species #148 for the yard. I caught it again at the feeders yesterday and today, and this afternoon it joined a handful of sparrows in the front yard for some better shots. This evening I was editing the photos and it occurred to me to find out more about the bird and I noted that its summer range is in the US but apparently it winters south of the border. I consulted LABIRD posts this Fall/Winter so far and saw no mention of any, so I checked Dan Purrington’s “The Birds of Southeast Louisiana” and, indeed, it is not a normal winterer. Long way of saying that I guessed it was worth mentioning…. Pics at<<7Capinter...>%7Ce4696b3f234f4ef2e2f608d8a9514794%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0%7C0%7C637445514440272478%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=Bz63t06jOWaVAxsSdUETK%2BSf4vDiPSFy%2BPAq3m5Bliw%3D&reserved=0>.

Beth Wiggins
Metairie, LA

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