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.
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.
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.
The picture of this Vesper Sparrow on a post was taken at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho. The Vesper Sparrow inhabits grasslands and fields across much of the northern United States and Canada.
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.