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Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

I recently took the photo of the flock of birds, including mostly Snow Buntings and Horned Larks, mostly for a record-type shot of a Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) mixed in. They were enjoying some exposed grass to feed on with snow still covering so much of the earth. However, when looking at the photo I noticed I actually had two Longspurs, with a second mixed in behind it. They are in the right center of the shot. Thankfully I was able to photograph one of them a few days later while sitting on this roof with a Horned Lark sitting behind it, the heat haze from the strong sun ever so slightly blurring the bird on another absolutely frigid day. Winter will be coming to an end sooner rather than later even if the temperature does not feel like it.

Lapland Longspurs Snow Buntings Horned Larks February-0233

Lapland Longspur Stratford Point roof Horned Lark-0051-3

Lapland Longspur Stratford Point roof Horned Lark-0054-2

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator