La­p­land Bunt­ing

Bird Watching (UK) - - October ID Challenge -

The La­p­land Bunt­ing is one of those scarce au­tumn and win­ter vis­i­tors that is easily for­got­ten and equally easily over­looked. They are ground feed­ing shuf­flers, which love to hang out in stub­ble fields. At first glance they may be mis­taken for Reed Bunt­ings, but La­p­land Bunt­ings are much longer-winged and shorter-tailed birds, giv­ing them a more lark-like ap­pear­ance. There are two trans­verse white wing-bars and the face has a char­ac­ter­is­tic ‘open’ look with a dark line bor­der­ing the ear coverts. Th­ese are mainly north­ern and east coast vis­i­tors but do some­times turn up in­land.

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