Duly noted, The native plant sale is on April 12, 2014, not April 7th. I should check my calendar more often. Thanks, Scott, for the fillip about the date. This means the Smith’s will be in even higher breeding plumage. I have seen a bright male at Bradford on April 28th so we should be in for a treat.
On 19 March 2014 I flushed a possible Smith’s Longspur into the sun and could only see the wide white outer tail feathers. I just walked the same area at 3:30 pm today 20 March, and flushed a male Smith’s Longspur in good sunlight and could see the white shoulder wedges, wide white outer tail feathers and the rich ocher color on the underside. A second bird flew off without the white wedges but did have the white outer tail feathers, which I suspect is a female Smith’s.
I saw them just west of experimental plots G 10, G 12 and G13, in the Aristida/three-awn, white-looking patch of grass north of the new soil pile that has been spread across the Smith’s Longspur patch.
See experimental plot map below for the Smith’s Longspur patch.
I am leading a 7-10 am bird walk at Bradford on the Native Plant Day Sale April 7, 2014. All are welcome. We should find Smith’s Longspurs, Le Conte’s Sparrows, and other grassland specialists. We will be walking in the fields so were comfortable boots. If there is water in the marshy areas were rubber boots if you want to walk and wade.
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