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Lapland Longspur (winter)

Calcarius lapponicus


Boldly marked on back, wings and face. The U shaped dark outline on face and dark crown. Thick bill. White throat with few streaks over a white chest and flanks.


Found in dry grassy area of an old landfill

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Jellis 6 years ago

It's okay. I was having trouble spotting them over the Song Sparrows, Horned Lark and American Pipits that were all over. There were 5 Laplands in this area. In the photo you can barely see the second one to the left in the 3rd photo.

Hema 6 years ago

Thnx for the link. The U shape is distinct.

Hema 6 years ago

I did not mean that your ID was wrong! Sorry if it sounded that way.
I was remarking more on how there is a possibility that an amateur could mix it up with a Lark Sparrow.

Jellis 6 years ago

Confirmed Lapland Longspur

Hema 6 years ago

could be mixed up with lark sparrow?

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Hayward, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 23, 2014
Submitted on Nov 24, 2014

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