Lapland Longspur

(Calcarius lapponicus)

Status: Vagrant. Last recorded on site in 2021

The Patuxent web-site provides more general information about this species.
At this time of year, this species is uncommon on site.

Occurs as a rare migrant and winter visitor. A single individual was seen on October 9, 1988, on the open ground and dirt mounds along the south edge of Lake Law. Two more birds were found at the buffalo feeders in January of 1991. At least two birds were present in the ploughed fields south of Lake Law during the latter half of April, 1994. In early April, 1996 one was found along the east edge of the cornfields south of Lake Law. On October 4, 1998, a single bird was found in a mown field just south of Lake Law. In January of 1999 up to 14 birds were seen regularly frequentin9 the buffalo feeders. Since then it has occurred infrequently in the ploughed agricultural tracts during late fall and winter.

Photographer: Dave Spleha.

Photographer: Christian Goers.