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Chestnut-collared Longspur Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: As you can see below, not a species I have many photos of! Chestnut-collared Longspurs are primarily found west and north from where I live in the southeastern corner of the state, with at least a 2 1/2 hour drive before you could reasonably expect to see one. They're also only around in the summer, and I'm in the central part of the state much more in winter, when there are large numbers of winter raptors around. Put it all together, and I only have two (good) photos right now of the species!  My favorite of the two is the photo of the one below sitting on a barbed wire fence. From Harding County in the far northwestern corner of the state in 2011.

Chestnut-collared Longspur - Calcarius ornatus

Chestnut-collared Longspur 1 - Calcarius ornatus

Chestnut-collared Longspur 2 - Calcarius ornatus

Chestnut-collared Longspur 1

Chestnut-collared Longspur 2

July 12th, 2011

July 5th, 2020

Harding County, South Dakota

Sully County, South Dakota

Longspur perched on barbed wire fence

Longspur getting a drink at a shallow wetland

Click here for the species description page for the Chestnut-collared Longspur

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