Date: 10/29/20 7:38 am
From: 'ronbco' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] tell it to me straight.... finding a Lapland Longspur
I'm a reasonably passionate birder, but not very patient.
I saw an ebird post for a Lapland Longspur nearby my home and since it
would be a lifer I went to look; no success, but again, I am not patient.

Looking at ebird stats for the area (Loveland/Longmont) it seems that
sitings are not common. My general impression is that they are seen in
onsey/twosey out in the middle of fields, and you need to use a scope and
be patient.

The siting I was acting on yesterday had one in a flock of horned larks.
When I arrived at the location, on queue, a flock of something swirled
around, too far for me to id. I watched the area for about 15 min and saw
very active flocks of probably horned larks and certainly meadowlarks. They
would usually settle in the midst of grass that was too high to site them

So my questions are:
- is the above experience typical?
- are they and their friends so skittish that you will never get within 100
- if I spent say a few hours on a sunny winter day walking a field slowly
might I get a good look
- are the id marks distinctive enough that I will likely feel confident?
- do they hang with meadow larks, or just horned?

Ron Bolton

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