The Brewer's Sparrow is a rather non-descript
resident of sagebrush flats of the western U.S. Quite common throughout
the West, a jumbled chorus of multiple singing males is a common sound near
sunrise and sunset. They usually don't spend a great deal of time on their
summer breeding grounds, with some spending more than nine months a year on
their wintering grounds.
Habitat: Sagebrush, other brushy grasslands, open
woodland, or shrubby forest edges.
Diet: The spring and summer diet is
primarily insects, while the fall and winter diet is primarily seeds. Used
to dry habitats, they can survive for long periods without drinking.
Behavior: Primarily forages on the ground or low
in brush and shrubbery. Brewer's Sparrows are sociable in most seasons
other than when nesting, foraging in flocks.
Nesting: June and July. The nest is a small cup
built of grasses, weeds, twigs, and other fine vegetative material. The
female usually lays 3 or 4 eggs. Upon hatching, both parents help to feed
the young. The young leave the nest within 10 days, but are still fed by
the parents for a short time after fledging. In some areas, Brewer's
Sparrows may raise more than one brood per breeding season.
Song: A descending series of varied trills and
Migration: Summers throughout much of the western U.S.
and portions of western Canada. Winters in the southwestern U.S., Mexico,
Bird Feeders: Will come to feeders for baby chick feed, seeds.
Photo Information: May 23rd, 2003 -- Fall River
County, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands --
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