Just as we despaired of seeing Lapland Longspurs, we found four in a group of 18 Horned Larks on Gage Road in Addison this afternoon. Also on Gage Road were one Northern Harrier, one Rough-legged Hawk, and one Red-tailed Hawk, and six Eastern Bluebirds.
Seventy-two more Horned Larks, sans longspurs, were on Nortontown Road. Also on Nortontown, two Peregrine Falcons were hunting pigeons.
The highlight of the day, however, was not the object of our quest, the longspurs, but an Eastern Screech-Owl sunning itself in the entrance hole of a Wood Duck box along Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh.
The other highlight of the day was a shrike wannabe, a Northern Mockingbird, on Lake St. in Bridport.
In all we spotted 24 Red-tailed Hawks (various locations), seven Rough-legged Hawks (various locations, including one dark morph), and one Barred Owl (Leicester).
All sightings have been dutifully reported to eBird.
Sue and Marv Elliott, Sue Wetmore, Tracey Busony