January 08, 2014

Lapland longspur

Lapland longspur by ricmcarthur
Lapland longspur, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
I've been trying for several days to get a photo of this guy that wasn't blurred or cluttered with other birds.
This is a bird that breeds on the tundra and only comes our way in winter.

He has been in with snow buntings, an American pipit and horned larks.

Calcarius lapponicus

Some winter flocks of Lapland Longspurs have been estimated as large as four million birds. During snowstorms, such flocks sometimes collide with lighted structures such as radio towers, and thousands can be killed in a single night.
source: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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