Rhoda and I made a morning trip to Buffalo Rd which quickly paid off. Almost immediately we heard the rattling calls of longspurs. There was a decent sized flock moving around well out in the field, probably 100-150 birds. There were a few other Lappies scattered about.
Not long after though, we found 2 Smith's on the ground; for once they didn't fly immediately.
Smith's Longspur pic is better. One bird's in the open in the left upper corner, the second is just right and a little in front of the shadow on the right side of the pic. While I was photographing these Rhoda had another one to the left. They flushed after a while and I kicked up a full adult male from about 15 feet away. Unfortunately no pics with my scope on my shoulder.
We didn't pick the white wingpatch of the Smith's out of the larger Lapland flock, but some smaller groups were exclusively Smith's.
Here's the Laplands flying away
One last Smith's, this shot's even worse, but it's the right color and has the wing patch