January 05, 2014

King of the Hill

King of the Hill by ricmcarthur
King of the Hill, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We found a compost pile where snow buntings, lapland longspurs, american pipit and assorted other birds were coming in to feed.
It seems every time I try to get photos of snow buntings it is snowing, which is somehow appropriate.
It is a small song bird with a lot of white in its plumage.

Scientific stuff.
Plectrophenax nivalis

The male Snow Bunting returns to its high Arctic breeding grounds in early April, when temperatures can still dip as low as -30° C (-22° F) and snow still covers most of the ground. The female does not return until four to six weeks later.

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