Bird Sighting: Rare Lapland Longspur Spotted on North Beach

North Beach - Lapland Longspur is a very rare sighting on our beach - Ed Konrad
North Beach – Lapland Longspur is a very rare sighting on our beach – Ed Konrad
North Beach - American Pipit with Lapland Longspur - Ed Konrad
North Beach – American Pipit with Lapland Longspur – Ed Konrad

Name: Aija and Ed Konrad

Date & Time of Sighting: Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:30am

Location of Sighting (be as specific as possible): Seabrook Island, North Beach, past “no dogs allowed” sign

Name of Bird Species: Lapland Longspur and American Pipit

Number of Birds Sighted: 1 Lapland Longspur, 2 American Pipit

Comments: Aija spotted, and Ed photographed, a rare Lapland Longspur on North Beach. Very few of these birds are sighted in South Carolina, so this was an exciting find. The Lapland Longspur was with two American Pipits, which are also not often seen on our beach. It was a terrific day of birding overall on Seabrook Island. Hooded Merganser on Heather Island Road on Jenkins Point, and Wood Storks in the Firestation marsh. And on the beach Dunlin (over 700!), Semi-palmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Bufflehead, Bald Eagle, Osprey.

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