February 04, 2017

Snow bunting flock.

Came across a large flock of snow buntings on Friday the 3rd.
Probably 500 or more.
This is a small part of the flock.

Plectrophenax nivalis

The Snow Bunting places its nest deep in cracks or other cavities in rocks. Although such nest sites are relatively secure from predators, rocks are cold. The thick nest lining of fur and feathers helps keep the eggs and nestlings warm, but the female must remain on the nest for most of the incubation period. The male feeds her while she is incubating so that she does not need to leave the nest very often.

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