Got a call today from Jim Flett. Ray Ekstrom had located a flock of about 2,000 Lapland Longspurs and about 500 Horned Larks near Montague. This is east of Yreka (on I-5 just over 20 miles from Oregon). Going east on Highway 3, past Montague, you pass the Shasta Valley Wildlife Refuge on the right, and go about 2 more miles. Just after a large silver silo on the left, about another 10 telephone poles or so, and the birds were in the snowy field on the right. The field is actually part of the Shasta Valley Wildlife Refuge. This is about 3 miles from Montague.
I managed to get out to see them briefly as it was getting dark, and the flock had shrunk in size by then. Still, I enjoyed the best views I have ever had of Longspurs, and lots of them! I did not realize such large flocks of Longspurs existed! I of course searched for any other species of Longspurs amongst them, but their habit of frequently taking flight and relocating was no help, and I saw only Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks.
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