Brewer’s Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow on a log
Brewer’s Sparrow
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The picture of this Brewer’s Sparrow on a log was photographed at the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Laramie Wyoming. Brewer’s Sparrows are the most abundant bird across the vast sagebrush steppe, and their long, trilling songs are a signature sound of the landscape.

Click on the arrow above to hear the lovely Song of the Brewer’s Sparrow

McCowns Longspur

McCown's Longspur perched on barbed wire.
McCown’s Longspur
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The picture of this McCown’s Longspur perched on barbed wire was photographed at the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Laramie Wyoming. The McCown’s Longspur is found in shortgrass prairie and overgrazed pastures of the Great Plains.

Click on arrow above to hear the song of the McCown’s Longspur

Swainson’s Hawk

Swainson's Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
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The picture of this Swainson’s Hawk was photographed at the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Laramie Wyoming. A classic species of the open country of the Great Plains and the West, Swainson’s Hawks soar on narrow wings or perch on fence posts and irrigation spouts.

Click on the arrow above to hear the sounds of the Swainson’s Hawk.

Mountain Bluebird Male

Mountain Bluebird Male
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The picture of this pretty Mountain Bluebird was photographed at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Male Mountain Bluebirds lend a bit of cerulean sparkle to open habitats across much of western North America.

To hear the song of the Mountain Bluebird click on the arrow.

Lark Bunting Female

Lark Bunting Female
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The picture of this Female Lark Bunting was photographed at the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Laramie Wyoming. Lark Buntings breed in beautiful, windswept habitats such as the grasslands and shrubsteppe of the Great Plains, where they are most numerous in large expanses of native grasslands with sagebrush.

To hear the song of the Lark Bunting click on on the arrow above.

Rock Wren on Rock

Rock Wren on Rock
Rock Wren on Rock
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The picture of this Rock Wren on Rock was photographed at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho. The male Rock Wren is a truly remarkable singer and can have a large song repertoire of 100 or more song types, many of which seem to be learned from neighbors.

To hear the songs of the Rock Wren click on arrow above.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird
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The picture of this lovely Gray Catbird was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This Gray Catbird is named for its cat-like call. Like many members of the Mimidea (most famously mockingbirds), it also mimics the songs of other birds.

Click on arrow to play the sounds of the Gray Catbird