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

Black-crowned Night-heron in Flight

Black-crowned Night-heron in Flight
Black-crowned Night-heron in Flight
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The picture of this Black-crowned Night-heron in Flight was taken at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Roswell, New Mexico.

Click on the above arrow hear the sounds of the Black-crowned Night-heron

Ferruginous Hawk on Pole

Ferruginous Hawk on Pole
Ferruginous Hawk on Pole
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The picture of this Ferruginous Hawk on Pole was taken at the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Laramie Wyoming. Ferruginous Hawks live in the open spaces of the West, in grasslands, prairie, sagebrush steppe, scrubland, and pinyon-juniper woodland edges.

Pine Siskin Foraging

Pine Siskin Foraging
Pine Siskin Foraging
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The picture of the Pine Siskin Foraging was photographed in Laramie Wyoming. Pine Siskins can temporarily store seeds totaling as much as 10% of their body mass in a part of their esophagus called the crop.

To hear the song of the Pine Siskin, click on the arrow above.

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.

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher
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The picture of this Sage Thrasher was photographed at the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Laramie Wyoming. Sage Thrashers are incredible songsters—one singing male went on for over 22 minutes without taking a break.

Click on arrow above to hear the song of the Sage Thrasher.