Friday, December 17, 2010

Of Larks, Longspurs, and Rough-legs

The bashful Lapland Longspur that I failed to photograph yesterday was more than obliging today, and he brought some friends! A total of about six Lapland Longspurs were toiling away looking for bits of food only 10 feet from the truck. I sat and watched and photographed them all day. It's hard NOT to photograph these guys when they make it so easy to do.

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

This photo shows the long back toenail (hallux) that gives Lapland Longspurs their name.

Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur

The usual Horned Larks were around again, there were more today than yesterday.

Horned Larks

Horned Lark

Horned Lark
Horned Lark

The Rough-legged still continues to be seen. Today he was fond of perching on gas well heads and he also had a particular favorite tree in the wetlands.

Rough-legged Hawk

I was wondering where the American Pipits had gotten off to earlier in the day. I found the two from yesterday when I went to the compost area of the landfill and found them picking around a giant pile of discarded spoiled produce from local grocery stores. If you squint you can make him out at the bottom left hand side in the mud.

American Pipit


Anonymous said...

great series! Love the third Longspur photo and it is very hard to find the Pipit in the last photo :-)

Pat Ulrich said...

Nice shots, I really like the third photo as well, with the bird standing tall!

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