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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

It's Snowing Buntings!!


Snow Bunting in flight




Snow scene here on Sunday morning after the historic New England October snowstorm

Just on cue, we saw a Snow Bunting this morning. How appropriate, seeing as we got 21 inches of snow here on Sat. and Sun., a record, for this early, for NH and New England.

Snow Buntings are beautiful little birds that breed in Alaska and the Artic and winter in lower Canada and across much of the U.S. They stay in large flocks in winter, feeding on the ground on weed seeds.
This morning we saw the bunting fly over our heads, up high. We listened carefully to its calls and confirmed the identification that way. You can become a much better birder if you know the songs and calls of birds.


Try our Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs CDs, (recordings by Lang Elliott and Kevin Colver) comes as eastern region, western region, or east and west combined in a boxed set. These are widely recognized as the best CDs to North American bird sounds.


4 comments:

Birding is Fun! said...

We get Snow Buntings every winter in Idaho and Utah, but I continue to miss them. Thanks for your in-flight photos. They will help me have an eye trained on what to look for.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fantastic shots of the Buntings. That looks like winter in Manitoba,Canada,Yikes!

Kay G. said...

Living in Georgia, I've never seen a snow bunting. Beautiful bird.

Kat said...

That was some snow storm!!! We have tons of Robins right now.