What's in a Name?
This Lapland Longspur is one of a small migratory flock on their way to their Arctic breeding grounds. They've been visiting for a few days now, refueling with seeds I've put out for them on the lawn. Apparently longspurs get their name from their unusually long rear claw, seen here. In breeding plumage, the males are quite striking with their chestnut brown, black and white collar. I'm always thrilled when they stop by in the spring.