We made one last try to see a Lapland Longspur on our way back to NJ but had no luck.
The clock has run out. Unless a Boreal Owl shows up in New Jersey tonight (0.0000001% likely) we are really done for the year. After dropping our son off at Cornell we made one last search for Lapland Longspurs on the way back down to New Jersey. We saw some Snow Buntings along the road and about 50 Horned Larks, but the longspur continued to elude us. All year long we have never been at the right place at the right time for that bird.