Friday, July 17, 2015

Chestnut-collared Longspur eating grubs near Grasslands

Near Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, there is a place where Chestnut-collared Longspurs live in summer. When we drive through that area, I want to go slowly, to watch these brown birds on the rocks and sagebrush — and, if they'll cooperate, take a close look with binoculars or camera to see that they aren't simply first-glance brown, but rich chestnut, red, ochre, black and white.

Chestnut-collared Longspur with a grub - dinner? or food for nestlings?
I love the rich brown shades on its back. © SB
Chestnut-collared Longspur on sagebrush. Seen from the front, its black belly draws the eye.  © SB

What are these? Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Location: Near Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan.
Photo date: June 23 and 24, 2015.


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