My dad, Paul Pinto Sr., Paul Jr. and I headed up to Biddeford, Maine yesterday to chase the previously reported Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus). We ended up visiting the tip of East Point twice, the first time in extremely windy, chilly, and rainy conditions. On this visit we only secured the bird as a flyby, although we were able to enjoy prolonged looks at such features as the chestnut collar, black breast and belly and white retrices. We then waited out the weather nearby before returning out to the point as the storm cleared. On our second attempt we obtained drop-dead looks of this stunning bird. During that two-hour visit, we were able to get some fantastic looks and photos of the bird as it foraged along the short grass path near the tip of the point.
Other birds in the area included Black Guillemot, Common Eider, and two fledgling Black-capped Chickadees.
Photos below (as always, click on the image for larger views):
More images of this stunner are posted here.