Chesney Prairie Natural Area is small, about 84 acres, and not much to look at unless you are a remnant prairie aficionado. But don’t let appearances fool you. Chesney Prairie is an excellent birding destination, especially in late fall and winter.
Harris’s Sparrow (uncommon), American Tree Sparrow (rare), and Prairie Falcon (very rare) were welcome additions to Dennis’s Arkansas Big Year list. Harris’s Sparrow is more likely to be found along the fence rows bounding the natural area or near the two linear stands of trees. American Tree Sparrow seemed to prefer the area maintained as tall grass prairie. Prairie Falcon? Well, they are where you find them. Check likely perches in the pastures surrounding Chesney Prairie.
Harris's Sparrow G. Felker