Spent the day doing some birthday birding of
the Horse Heavens. Biggest note were the massive flocks of Horned Larks on Ridge
Road that contained both Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspur. The first flock was
about 175 larks with 2 buntings and 1 longspur. The next was a huge flock
estimated at 350 birds that contained 2 each of buntings and longspurs. Total
estimate of larks on Ridge Road was 640! There were also 3 Gray Partridge
feeding on grit in the road.
No raptors were seen on Ridge Road which is notable