Date: 10/30/20 12:28 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: tell it to me straight.... finding a Lapland Longspur
Hi all

Find a Horned Lark flock in and around Nunn, CPER and Pawnee-West and you
are sure to hear and might get lucky to see them. Last year's first
Pawnee-East CBC had lots of them, more so then Pawnee-East.

[image: lalo.JPG]

Thanks, Gary Lefko, Nunn

On Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:38:40 AM UTC-6, ronbco wrote:
> 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
> in.
> So my questions are:
> - is the above experience typical?
> - are they and their friends so skittish that you will never get within
> 100 yds?
> - 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
> Berthoud

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