Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:22 PM
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Male Chestnut-collared (left) and female Lapland? Or is that a female Chestnut-collared?
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Blur challenge. If people tell me there's a McCown's or two in this picture, I promise not to put it on my life list.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:41 PM
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:28 PM
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I think I can safely call that a McCown's, especially considering that it's almost certainly the same bird that's in the air in the first picture I posted. (The two pictures were taken within a minute of each other, probably less.)
My old Sibley seems to have a misleading picture of McCown's in flight with the greater rather than the median coverts rusty.
By the way, I'm leaning toward female Chestnut-collared for the other "blurd" in this picture. And I cropped it out, but the black spot at the lower left of the previous picture looks somewhat like a male Chestnut-collared in this one.
And yes, cestma, it's good to have this longspur spot around! (It's about an hour and a half from my house.) There's something to be said for irrigated farming in the desert. I was very lucky to get a trifecta, though.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:04 PM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:51 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:23 AM
If you don't have Stokes...I just went to Amazon. There is a "Look Inside" feature for the Stokes guide, and if you type "longspur" into the search box you will get links to both species, which are available online.
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