Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lapland Longspur

Beautiful plumage
Lapland Larkspurs are chirpy little sparrow sized birds that nest throughout Baffin Island.  We have a few that keep us company throughout the day and part of the night.  They go to nest for a few hours when the sun is at its lowest, but during the rest of the day they are flitting around and singing.

 Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus

This nest was built on the ground under the gnarled branches of an arctic willow.  It has six eggs.

The female is less flashy than the male, but she's good at giving you the stink eye if you get too close to her eggs.

Photo Credit: Tim Rast

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails