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Daily Journal
     November 21, 2019      #14-325 KDJ
 
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Lapland longspur’s are in their non-breeding plumage feeding on spilled corn next to a recently harvested field.

Courtesy of Gary Soper/wildlifeinnature.com

The Lapland longspur 

By Gary Soper

Across the arctic from Alaska to Greenland, in the remote places at the top of the world such as Baffin Island, Southampton Island and Melville Island in the regions of Nunavut, there is a small bird called the Lapland longspur that spends the short breeding season courting, nesting and raising its young.

On the treeless tundra where packs of hunting wolves, polar bears and arctic foxes eke out a living on the vast cold landscape, large migratory populations of Lapland longspurs, a small well-camouflaged bird, begin arriving in the spring for the nesting season, which starts by early June.

By Gary Soper

Across the arctic from Alaska to Greenland, in the remote places at the top of the world such as Baffin Island, Southampton Island and Melville Island in the regions of Nunavut, there is a small bird called the Lapland longspur that spends the short breeding season courting, nesting and raising its young.

On the treeless tundra where packs of hunting wolves, polar bears and arctic foxes eke out a living on the vast cold landscape, large migratory populations of Lapland longspurs, a small well-camouflaged bird, begin arriving in the spring for the nesting season, which starts by early June.

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A flurry of Lapland Longspur’s burst into the air off of a snowy road in Iroquois County this past week.

Gary Soper/wildlifeinnature.com