November 01, 2016

An unexpected bird.

We were out in the magnificent 75 degree sunny weather on the pontoon on Rondeau Bay.
Great birding and the most unexpected bird, snow buntings were on a weed mat close to the shore of the marsh.

Started with 6 species of ducks, two eagles, both yellowlegs, dunlin,
American bittern, Sandhill cranes, lots of rusty blackbirds, night herons, northern harrier and more.
Those photos later.
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.
Smart females.

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