Lapland Longspur, Mission Bay F.I., 21 Oct 2021


Paul Chad
 

A Lapland Longspur was at the Fiesta Island Dog Park, near western side, a bit north of north-end of 'Least Tern' fence.  Seen about 11:00 today. Also a continuing Vesper Sparrow.

ID notes- looked to be winter-male.  Strong-dark-bordered auricular patch (boldest in back of patch).  Buffy supercilium extending behind auricular patch, then- otherwise mostly white underneath, with some blotchy black in top of breast.  Distinct rufous in tertial (and primary coverts) wing feathers.  Nape (still) showed trace of dark-red color.  White outer tail feathers (unlike Che-col and Thi-Bil) NOT very distinct, on flying bird or on the ground.  Not an expert on vocals, but- 'tew' call-note and 'dry/flat' rattle-call seemed best for Lapland.

Paul Chad
University City


Joseph Alsadi
 

Still present at 12:50pm with Horned Lark flock in N/NE section.

(32.7759018, -117.2237952)

Joe

On Oct 21, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Paul Chad via groups.io <paulchad4=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

A Lapland Longspur was at the Fiesta Island Dog Park, near western side, a bit north of north-end of 'Least Tern' fence. Seen about 11:00 today. Also a continuing Vesper Sparrow.

ID notes- looked to be winter-male. Strong-dark-bordered auricular patch (boldest in back of patch). Buffy supercilium extending behind auricular patch, then- otherwise mostly white underneath, with some blotchy black in top of breast. Distinct rufous in tertial (and primary coverts) wing feathers. Nape (still) showed trace of dark-red color. White outer tail feathers (unlike Che-col and Thi-Bil) NOT very distinct, on flying bird or on the ground. Not an expert on vocals, but- 'tew' call-note and 'dry/flat' rattle-call seemed best for Lapland.

Paul Chad
University City