Date: 5/16/18 8:16 pm From: Andrew Bankert <abankert2007...> Subject: [cobirds] Baird's Sparrows Have Returned to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (Larimer)
I haven't had time over the past two weeks to check the public access Baird's Sparrow spot at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area after finishing my surveys for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, but in the late morning of May 8th and 15th I did not detect any Baird's Sparrows. Today I did not detect any around 10:30 AM, but I did hear at least one (I am fairly sure there were two) Baird's Sparrows singing in an area of grass on the Pronghorn Trail. From the first parking lot by the entrance station take the Pronhorn Loop Trail and stay to the right on the southern part of the loop. After you pass a small shelter (a little over 3 miles from the parking lot) you will come to an intersection where you can walk along a two track about a half mile south to the area of taller grass before you come to a gate. The birds were singing to the east of the fence, but please to not cross the fence or go through the gate since this area is off limits to the public to protect nesting birds. Last year, Baird's Sparrows would perch on the fence and I am expecting this might happen if more come back. Last year there was also at least one individual north of the intersection that was closer to the trail.
We have had Baird's Sparrows at an off-limits area in Weld County since at least May 9th, but these were the first ones detected in a public area this spring.