McCown's Longspur (Calcarius mccownii), Santa Cruz Flats, Evergreen Sod Farm, Pinal County
McCown's Longspur was
first reported at this location on 26 November 2012 by
Richard Fray and there have been subsequent reports of
up to 17 in a single flock. This individual was photographed by Pierre Deviche on 28 January 2012.
It was foraging with several conspecifics and Horned
Formerly regular in small numbers in
the Sulfur Springs and San Rafael Valleys of SE Arizona,
this species appears to have decreased in recent years.
Typical longspur size, shape, & behavior;
Feeds on short grass in the open;
Overall plain-looking bird;
Large pinkish bill;
Plain face lacks contrasty auriculars;
28 January 2012, photo by Pierre DevicheAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 28 January 2012