Re: [Saskbirds] Lapland longspur?
There are several Eurasian species with similar facial markings which resemble the Lapland Longspur in basic/non-breeding plumage. You may wish to obtain some photos to ensure that this is the much more expected species rather than some straggler.
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From: Scott Wilson
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Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 3:31 PM
Subject: [Saskbirds] Lapland longspur?
The last two weekends the House sparrows at my feeder near Regina have been
accompanied by what looks to me like a Lapland longspur.
The bird, like the one in the picture
, lacks chestnut on the wings.
I saw my first Horned Larks on Saturday.
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- After some off-line discussion, the bird seems more likely to be a Harris's
sparrow. It lacks chestnut on the wing feathers, white outer tail feathers
and the black legs of a winter plumage Lapland longspur.
Many thanks to Kathy and Bob!
- Well, not content with just finding the Goldfinch this morning, I
went out with my pal Ron Jensen for a little drive around Montgomery Park and then checked out the water next to the QEII Power Station where we were rewarded by finding 12 Canada Geese in the company of a lone white Snow Goose which stood out like a sore thumb.
Other species found :
- Hello all, trying to find time to sum up my BBS findings from last week, and watch all the soccer games (I think I have missed 4 so far). Thank fully the lack of sleep only happens once every four years.
I will get to my BBs birds very soon, but today on the creek by Rainbow Bridge was a pair of Snow Geese
Greg in Regina
- Yesterday a very white Snow Goose stood out on the green field just north of the trees of the farm on the correction line curve south of Regina. It was on the east side of Highway #6.
We have two pairs of Western Kingbirds nesting in the yard. No Eastern for some reason in years. They usually are sitting on our name sign at the front lane. One pair of Barn Swallows has built a nest on the top of the vent on the house wall by the deck. They swoop when our whits cat comes out. Our one cat is so quick - she did a flip and caught a swallow in mid air but it thankfully got away. So now we won't let the cat out. And am also happy that we see a Warbling Vireo here this year, finally.
Val T - McTaggart