Smith's Longspur continues

Denis Lepage dlepage at
Wed Feb 6 09:34:10 EST 2002

Good morning all,

The Smith's Longspur was still present this morning in Haggersville 
and provided excellent looks from close up. We were there from 
about 7 to 8:30 am and the bird came along the road a couple of 

The first time, it left the group of Snow Buntings it was hanging out 
with towards the north end of the field and flew in close to us with a 
Lapland Longspur. After a few minutes, a car passed by and the 
bird flew back with the Buntings. 

Later, the flock of about 60 buntings came up close, joined by a 
group of larks, but the without the Smith's.

Finally, we relocated it with a small group of larks along the road, 
just meters east of the bridge. Again, when a car passed by, and 
although the larks came back to the road, the longspur left and 
landed amongst the buntings again.

If you are patient, your best chance of seeing it from up close is 
probably to wait until the birds come to get some grits on the road, 
which they seem to do on a regular basis. It's worth noting that it is 
actually possible to locate it at a good distance, given its warm buff 
colour, and you just have to wait for it to make it's move towards 

Good luck to those who haven't seen it yet.
Denis Lepage

Denis Lepage - Senior Scientist, National Data Center
Bird Studies Canada - Études d'oiseaux Canada
PO Box 160, Port Rowan (Ontario) N0E 1M0
1-888-448-BIRD; 1-519-586-3531; fax 1-519-586-3532
"Denis Lepage" <dlepage at>

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