Finally, after walking back and forth several times, scanning the different areas for any signs of movement we went back to the Snow Bunting flock. We had searched the group several times for longspurs but the flock was homogeneous. One last check and, oh what was that, thats not a bunting. The flash of the white outer tail feathers gave us what we needed, the Smith’s was still here. Searching this group also finally produced a Lapland Longspur as well.
It was a good trip, providing me with my second look at Smith’s Longspurs. My first encounter was in Indiana, on the western edge of the state where small flocks faithfully show up for a week in corn stubble before moving on.