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I was at Big Summit Prairie this past week and accidentally flushed a bird out from some sagebrush. When I went to look closer at where she'd been, I found this nest:I think the bird that I flushed was one of these, but I can't be sure: Any clues?
Just from the silhouettes, the birds most closely resemble Brewer's blackbirds, and the eggs would fit that profile. Brewer's do not normally nest on the ground, however, and prefer to be in colonies. It's also possible that the two front eggs, the browner ones, are brown-headed cowbird interlopers (Cowbirds are brood parasites). The blue eggs could also be one of the ground-nesting sparrows. All of these species have small speckled eggs, about the same size, although the blackbird and cowbird chicks will grow large very quickly.
The bird in the second picture looks like a meadowlark; nest on the ground also indicative of meadowlark. The blue eggs don't seem blue enough for meadowlark, but maybe just the picture. I still think the brown eggs are cowbird.