Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 27, 2010 Lapland Longspurs near Ste. Rose

On our return home from the Massena-Cornwall CBC we made a brief stop in the Casselman-Ste. Rose area towards dusk. No Snowy Owls or hawks but we did find a large flock of Lapland Longspurs, 300+, feeding in a field. It's the largest flock I've ever observed during the winter months. Also present in the area were 68 Horned Lark and 150+ Snow Bunting. Good Birding, Bruce and Ben

Directions: Take Hwy 417 east of Casselman and exit at #58 and go north. Take the first right turn ,Con. 20 and follow to Ste. Rose Road and turn left. Follow to Cty. Rd 3 and turn right. Continue east to Renaud Road and watch on south side of road. Please remember all the land is private property.

Horned Lark regularly overwinter in small number in eastern Ontario.

A distant view of Lapland Longspurs perched in a tree near Ste. Rose.

The Horned Larks kept feeding despite the strong winds blowing snow!

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