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Snow Buntings

Posted on Feb 19, 2016

Now that the Horned Larks have had to surrender their crown of “Best Camouflage in the Grasslands” Snow Buntings like this one have claimed the throne. When viewing them from the front at their level the cap and collar stand out a bit with brown and orange tones, but the bird is otherwise becoming one more little pile of snow. If you have a deep snow cover keep an eye on fields, especially agricultural, plus the sides of driveways and roads where plows have scraped up some of the earth. This is the best time of the year to find their fluttering flocks descending on any exposed soil for a sorely-needed meal.

Snow Bunting feeding-6245

Snow Bunting feeding-6252

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator