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
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.
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 > >