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Songbirds

A black-capped chickadee perched in a tree.Songbirds are found in a variety of habitats.  Identifying them can be challenging, but a pair of binoculars and a good bird guide will help if you choose to go birdwatching at the Upper Souris NWR.

 

Baird's Sparrow  Baird's sparrow are usually found in native grasslands or those that closely resemble natives.  It prefers to run on the ground instead of flying.

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Black-capped Chickadee  The black-capped chickadee is a very common year round inhabitant of North Dakota.  It has a distinct black cap on the top of its head and a song that sounds like chicka-dee-dee-dee.

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Clay-colored Sparrow  The clay-colored sparrow can be found in pastures with low shrubs, edges of fields, and shelterbelts.  It has a song that sounds like a series of insect-like buzzes.

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Eastern Bluebird  Eastern bluebirds can be found perching on fence posts and utility lines in open prairies.  They are cavity nesters once threatened by introduced species that out-competed them for nesting sites.  You can find bluebird boxes attached to fence posts along the scenic auto tour.

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Grasshopper Sparrow  The grasshopper sparrow is one of the most common grassland sparrows and can be found in prairies, pastures, and hay fields.  It has a grasshopper-like song that is easy to distinguish.

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LeConte's Sparrow      The LeConte's is one of the smallest sparrows.  It prefers wet meadows and marshes with dense vegetation.  They are secretive birds that run along the ground to hide and are difficult to flush. 

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Western Meadowlark  The Western Meadowlark is the North Dakota state bird.  It is easy to identify by sight and sound.  It has a yellow breast with a black V-shaped breast band and can often be seen perched atop fence posts or barbed-wire.

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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014
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