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I have had a couple of interesting sightings recently. A red-bellied snake (Storeria occipitomaculata) and some immature Harris’s sparrows.

I recently managed a good look at a red-bellied snake.  They are one of our smaller snakes, growing to perhaps 8-10 inches long.  This one was gray, but they can also be various shades of brown to gray.  They have a stripe down the center of the back and sides that may be rather inconspicuous as well as some pale spots on the neck.  But the conspicuous characteristic is the red belly, which can also vary a bit in color.  We have no similar species, so identification is quite easy.  

Clay Colored Sparrow

May 23, 2020


Take a walk across the mixed grass prairies of North Dakota during the spring and summer and you are likely to hear  a series of short buzzing sounds emanating from a patch of western snowberry (what some people call buckbrush) or perhaps a thicket of some other shrubs.  You may associate the buzzing with some type of insect, but it isn’t.  It is the call of the clay colored sparrow.  

There it is again ... "Song of clay colored sparrow."