(Posted by Andrew D. Smith <[log in to unmask]> via moumn.org)
I made a second trip out to Douglas County yesterday morning for a second try at the
Baird's Sparrow. I arrived before 7:00 AM, and stayed until about 10:00 AM. The winds
were unpleasant, and the diversity of birds different than last week. There seemed to be
fewer singing birds, but I did hear the Baird's sing about a half dozen times. So, it's still
present at that location. It sang earlier in the morning, but the last hour or so that I was
there I didn't hear it at all. Perhaps due to the increasingly hotter temperatures and
humidity as the morning progressed. Other species had stopped singing as well.
I did not see the bird. There were lots of smaller sparrow sized birds flying over the prairie,
often chasing one another, then diving into the vegetation. No way to make an ID with that
scenario. With the winds, it was impossible to pinpoint a singing bird, even if it was perched
up in a taller plant.
I would recommend trying on a calmer day. Also, this species has been found singing into
mid-July at other locations in MN previously, so it's possible this bird could hang around for
awhile. The only thing to consider is that the landowner could cut the field for hay, in which
case this bird would likely disappear.
Eagan, Dakota County
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