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Possible McCown's?

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.

Alison Hiers
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