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Photos of the day, August 16-31, 2020

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from more than 20,000 photos in our Reader Galleries. The images we selected in the second half of August 2020 include a Chipping Sparrow at a bird bath, a Great Egret during breeding season, and a Sooty Grouse among the wildflowers.

Visit our galleries to submit your photos and gain inspiration from the BirdWatching community. 

Blue-throated Mountain-gem by Randy Smith

Blue-throated Mountain-gem by Randy Smith
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As their name suggests, male Blue-throated Mountain-gems have dark blue throats, and females and juveniles do not. Randy Smith photographed this male at Mt. Lemmon in Arizona about three years ago.

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