Friday, January 29, 2010

Lapland Longspurs

Today I was quite surprised to run into a flock of about 20 Lapland Longspurs on Vreeland Rd. I had heard that there was one hanging out with the horned Larks and Snow Buntings but had not heard of a larger flock since November when there were flocks of hundreds. Lapland Longspurs are usually found in the southern tier of counties in Michigan throughout the winter but get progressively rarer as you move north. Oddly I did not see any of the flock of a hundred or so Snow Buntings that I saw a few weeks ago today. Here is a rather poor picture of the Longspurs in flight, I wanted to get a picture of them on the ground but they would just completely disappear into the corn stubble.

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