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Baird's Sparrow in Salt Lake Tribune

posted by Tim Avery at
on Saturday, October 1, 2011 

This weeks bird sighting in the Salt Lake Tribune is of the Baird's Sparrow I found a couple weeks ago at Swede Lane in Utah County. So yes this is shameless self promotion (but informational shameless self promotion).

Baird's Sparrow at Swede Lane, Utah

This species is rarely reported in Utah, but likely passes through in very small numbers each year during spring and fall migration. The southeast corner of the state would be in the general migration route, and given how little coverage the area receives, this is only one of a number of birds that probably occur more than reported passing through this vast remote region.

There have been about 7 reports of the species in Utah, although there is only one "officially accepted record"--but you know my thoughts on that. This secretive sparrow can be very hard to detect as it is--secretive. On the occasions I have come across this bird they have always been seen briefly as they moved through low brushes and grass. This individual gave me about 10 seconds perched up on the wire, after hopping from the edge of a dirt road--and before disappearing into a field with lots of low shrubs and grasses.

It's been a great year thus far with some really good birds showing up around the state. Here is a link to the article in the tribune:

Bird Sighting: Baird's Sparrow | Salt Lake Tribune

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Blogger Susan said...

Great article - both the blog and newspaper. Wished I had seen it. Good find.

October 1, 2011 at 11:50 PM  

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