April 2, 2013 Lapland Longspurs

Seward Sporadic Bird Report

I saw a dozen LAPLAND LONGSPURS flying far ahead of me at the tidelands today. Thinking them long gone, I was very pleased to refind them, walking along the bedraggled beach rye grass, picking up old seeds and pecking through the dead vegetation. I managed to hide behind some driftwood and tossed kibble to the good dogs to distract them while the birds gradually walked closer. It was quite a treat to watch them. Most seemed to be molting from winter to full breeding plumage. When the males turned around the sun lit their brilliant chestnut nape. The females too, are beautifully patterned in their subtle way. Eventually, they noticed the paparazzi and flew off.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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