Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks – 120813

After looking several times last winter and for a few hours Saturday, I finally came across some Lapland Longspurs in Johnson County Sunday afternoon. I drove the back roads of SE Johnson County and came across probably 8 groups of Horned Larks, totaling 60-70 birds without any longspurs.  Finally at Kokomo  Elevator north of Edinburgh there was a flock of mixed birds totaling 50 of which 4 were longspurs.  (2013 Johnson County number 195) The good news is they are in my area of the CBC next Sunday.

Not much else in the county this weekend.  If we don’t get an influx of waterfowl I’m afraid the CBC total is going to be low.

Here are some of the Horned Larks that were running around and singing.



Lapland Longspur on the left.



The following are actually 2 longspurs standing side by side,



2 Replies to “Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks – 120813”

  1. I saw a flock of Horned Larks while I was in Bloomington last week, but I have yet to see any Lapland Longspurs. Now that I’m back in Indianapolis, I think I might have some more luck if people are still scattering seed around certain areas.

    1. Without putting out seed, I have found the best time to find Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings is the day after a decent snow. They come to the edge of country roads with the Horned Larks after they have been plowed. I have read it’s something to do with getting grit. That and country grain elevators work well. Let me know if you see them, especially in a more urban area.


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