Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur!!

This morning I met Dave Foster and Reinhart at Huguenot shortly after sunrise to look for the Lapland Longspur. Yesterday I didn’t have my camera with me and I was hoping to get a few decent shots. We knew the high tide would be coming in again, so wore our boots and headed out from the nature center parking lot. As we rounded the “corner” of one of the dunes, we happened upon a SNOW BUNTING sitting on the edge of the dune about 5 feet above the ground.

Snow Bunting. 25 Nov 2018. Huguenot Memorial Park, Jacksonville, FL.

Based on eBird, this is the first Snow Bunting anywhere in the State of Florida since 2014 (which was also at Huguenot park). Dave and I managed a few shots before it took off over the dunes and we never relocated it.

Reinhart caught up with us and we walked around for at least another hour before he saw a bird come in and land along the wrack line on the ocean side. He pointed the bird out, and sure enough it was the Lapland Longspur. I squatted down using a small dune as a blind, and the darn thing walked almost right up to me.

Lapland Longspur. 25 Nov 2018. Huguenot Memorial Park.

I wish I were a better photographer because I really missed a chance to get some spectacular shots.

Lapland Longspur. 25 Nov 2018. Huguenot Memorial Park.

I’m a little surprised no one else was out there looking for this bird. It’s significantly rare anywhere in Florida and now there are TWO significantly rare birds out there to be seen. I’m looking forward to what’s next – a Horned Lark? Short-eared Owl?

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