Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.
A couple of days ago, while watching a grandson play soccer, I heard a Dickcissel calling nearby. We were at Miller Park in Eden Prairie, great place for field games but not the place you'd choose to look for a grassland bird like a Dickcissel. It called every three or four seconds for as long as I cared to listen. It seemed to be tucked down in alfalfa that was growing on an embankment along an access road. I thought this was interesting, worth mentioning if someone who cared about birds was with me. Sitting on either side of me, though, were soccer moms. I was willing to bet they knew little about birds, and might not understand that odd name. So I chose not to say, "Excuse me, but do you hear the Dickcissel calling?" A robin maybe. A Dickcissel, no.
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