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Comanche Grasslands (Baca County Section) - Baca County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Colorado's "other" grasslands are much less visited by birders than the Pawnee, but can actually be better, especially for hawks. Many of the sites covered separately on this page are actually part of the Comanche (such as Picture Canyon and the Campo Lek).

Driving the roads through the grasslands, especially during the winter and early spring, will produce an excellent variety of hawks, including Ferruginous (possibly more numerous here than anywhere else in Colorado), Red-tailed, Rough-legged (November to March), and Swainson's (April to October) Hawks, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, and American Kestrel. During March and April, McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs are possible, and sometimes they even winter in the area. Mountain Plover can be found in areas with very short grass, as well as Burrowing Owls.

The Comanche is also the site of most of the recent records for Baird's Sparrow in Colorado, usually in April or early May. These birds are probably regular, but are very hard to find, and a large party will greatly help in searching for them. Sprague's Pipit should also be looked for on ridges with fairly short grass.

Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
Directions: The Comanche Grasslands stretch across almost the length of southern Baca County, and almost any road off of US 385 could be good. CR C east of US 385 is especially good.
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CBRC Records from Comanche Grasslands (Baca County Section)

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Vermilion Flycatcher2003-385/25/2003
White-eyed Vireo2001-626/3/2001
Baird's Sparrow2000-1514/22/2000