We stopped by Fiesta Island north of the tern nesting area this morning and picked slowly through a huge flock of Horned Larks. There was a bird that appeared to be a Longspur but was not streaked and colored dark enough for a Lapland. It was basically varying shades of tan coloring overall. It had a distinct pink bill, larger bill than a Chestnut-collared it seemed. And it had a light rusty red patch on its shoulder. Very faint streaking on the upper chest and very white below that. Thin streaks over the head. Not like the dark lines on a Lapland. When it flushed there was white on the tail but we didn't see the pattern well. I'm not well versed in Longspurs so I am just throwing this out there so everyone can be on the lookout. We got good looks through the scope but no pictures before it was flushed by dogs.
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