On March 20, at Courtland airfield, 20 miles west of Decatur, we found a burned-over area of about 10 acres between landing strips that was literally covered with Lapland Longspurs, We drove the car through this area and found the birds would not even leave the ground until we were within 10 feet of them. We made a conservative estimate of 3,000 Lapland Longspurs. On March 27, we returned to the airfield and found only 8 Longspurs, This is a late date for Lapland Longspurs in Alabama.
Author: Jim and Margaret Robinson
Volume Number: 8 Year Published: 1960
Issue Number: 3
Page Number: 21
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1960/Vol 8 No. 3_1960_p21.pdf
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