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):

Chestnut-collared Longspur

More images of this stunner are posted here.


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  1. Helen says:

    Fantastic, Alex! I wish I had seen this bird too!

  2. Betsy Hermann says:

    Hi Alex,

    You made it to Southern Maine for birding. I’ve never seen the Chestnut-Collared Longspur. What a beauty. Wonderful pictures too.

    Hope you and your Dad can get further North to Rangeley soon.


    Betsy and Bruce too

  3. How terrific that you got to see this great bird. We saw them in Siberia but not in Maine. Wonderful pictures. Thanks, Alex.

  4. marcy klattenberg says:

    Alex these photos are stunning – this bird would be a lifer for me! While in Block Island on our boat on 17 June, we had an immature razor-billed auk right next to our boat in great Salt Pond. It stayed for the AM – probably blown in by very strong wind from the SE on Saturday. We (my daughter, and husband and I) all enjoyed a very good close-up look. We had about a half dozen storm petrels on the way there and only 2 spotted on the way back. I wish I had your photographic capabilities to share with you, thank you Marcy

  5. Edith Prince says:

    jWhat a stunning bird – wow! great pics. Well worth the wait for this bird. I’ve never seen one so appreciate the opportunity to see your pics and the short video. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed that very much.

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