Today Jim Peterson and I happened to be near the area where Tom Dahle et.
al. reported the Smith's Longspurs. We arrived there about 6 pm and, with
some direction from a fellow birder from the area, Mike, we began walking
slowly through the grassy area where the Smith's were foraging. As we
stalked through the grass I was surprised to see a Chestnut-collared
Longspur male in breeding plumage scurrying along in front of me. I had
excellent looks before it flew ahead of me and relanded in the grass. I did
not pursue it as I still hadn't found a Smith's, which was a life bird for
me. It took us some time to finally see a Smith's. Consequently the
Chestnut-collared Longspur was not refound.
Thanks to Tom and Chris for reporting the Smith's area at Lincoln WPA.
chance favors the prepared mind
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