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,