Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lapland Longspurs - Oct 22nd

Lapland Longspur - Extreme right bird in all three images. This flock also contained at least two very interesting Horned Larks, both with pure white supercilium and heavily striated breast.

The last couple of days have brought a small rush of local Lapland Longspurs . Yesterday (Oct 21st), one circled fields for about five minutes near Great Pond, Hatfield without landing and later moved off South-east. Today, a single moved South over Winsor Dam Quabbin Park at 07:52 am and I discovered two birds in a small flock of Horned Larks at Orange Airfield at the same spot as last year's Northern Wheatear. Had it not been for a nice male Northern Harrier flushing birds off the airfield, I doubt if I would have gotten close to the larks and longspurs.

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