Lapland Longspur

Calcorius ornatus

Although seen across a wide range in the Lower 48 in winter, few people get to enjoy the males in their summer finery. The male has a black crown, face, neck and upper breast, with white border and a chestnut collar. The female is more cryptic to offer camouflage as she sits on the nest. The Lapland Longspur is the most abundant songbird on the island, breeding throughout upland habitats. Males can be seen displaying all summer long. Whether singing from a wild celery stalk or “sky-larking,” the Lapland Longspur’s musical song will surely make a lasting impression on visitors.