Date: 1/6/18 7:04 pm From: David Stejskal <dstejskal...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Las Cienegas LAPLAND LONGSPUR continues today
I made a late morning run out to look for the LAPLAND LONGSPUR found yesterday by Richard Fray & reported to this listserv in Andrew Core’s RBA summary. The access to this site is off of AZ 82 east of Sonoita and just east of mile marker 36. There’s a gate on the south side of the highway that is chained (but not locked). This is part of the Las Cienegas NCA and there are no restrictions to entry here, as far as I can tell, but I’d strongly recommend that you close & chain the gate behind you as you come & go. The exact spot is a livestock tank at these coordinates: 31.680060, -110.599940 (Google Maps guided me right to the spot). The road in is all dirt and doesn’t require particularly high clearance - but I wouldn’t want to take my wife’s Prius in on this road. I believe that Andrew Core is going to affix an eBird hotspot pin at this site, so you could get driving directions off of that as well.
When I arrived, I found Laurens Halsey already there and scanning the numerous Horned Larks & Chestnut-collared Longspurs coming in to drink at the tank. After a short time scanning the ground on the other side of the tank together, we found a single MCCOWN’S LONGSPUR and the LAPLAND LONGSPUR foraging amongst the numerous cow patties between about. We lost track of the McCown’s amongst the Chestnut-collareds, but the Lapland stuck tight and continued to forage on its own.
Good luck if you try for it - but remember to close that gate!
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