With all of the sparrows around at this time, it would be really easy to miss this little Lapland Longspur.
While unsuccessfully chasing some rarities yesterday, I came across this unexpected surprise.
Typically, I don't like checking La Manche road on the weekends, because it is usually very busy there. I made an exception yesterday and took a quick dart in. About half way in, I spotted this little bird picking at the gravel at the side of the road. What really struck me as unusual was that it didn't fly when I stopped.
That peaked my interest. I was on the bad side of the lighting, so it was a little while before I could actually see its markings through my binoculars. Fortunately, it was a very cooperative Lapland Longspur, giving me ample time to look and take a few shots.