For those birders that are interested - earlier this afternoon I walked the grassland southwest of Sleepy Eye where the Smith's Longspur's have been previously reported.  I walked counterclockwise around the two fields without finding any and was almost back to my car when I heard their distinctive rattle.  I ended up flushing at least 12 of them (it was probably closer to 15-20) and got close looks at two males.  Viewing conditions weren't the best as by the time I found them it had started to drizzle pretty hard.  Directions on where the birds were today - drive south on 330th Ave. (from where 330th intersects with County Rd. 20) 1/2 mile and park on the field approach (east side of the road) by a wooden sign post with no sign on it.  Today the birds were SE of that spot in a line about 150-200 yards from the car.  This seems to be a fairly reliable grassland to find this rare migrant (at least this month it has been).  

Brian Smith
Sleepy Eye

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