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Monday, January 16, 2017
We had another beautiful visitor to our part of the world.
A Snow Bunting appeared at the Michell Airpark the home of the Victoria Radio Control Model Airplane Society a few weeks ago. It was during that terrible cold time with the high winds. I was freezing as I quickly took a picture.
Apparently the Snow Buntings like the open fields. This one just sat in the open field and flew around eating some grass seeds. We get them here sometimes so they are not completely rare I guess.
I always enjoy their beautiful colors and this one had so much white and buff on him. In the summer they change and go completely black and white. I like the winter style with all the colors.
They are a busy little bird, usually in flocks in the north. They are circumpolar Arctic breeders. In the north they can be seen burrowing in the snow to keep warm or having a bath in the snow.
This post is for Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday. Thank you to the Our World Team and Mrs. Nesbitt and ABC Team and Stewart at Wild Bird.
This is a post I did in 2013 when we had another Bunting visit us.
Victoria Snow Bunting. I had much better pictures back then for some reason. Have a great week everyone.
New App Toys To Play With:
Here are two exciting apps to put on your phone for when you are out and about. The Cornell Merlin Bird ID App will identify any bird for you if you just take a photo of it and it will give you all the info on it. (you can load your area in, world wide I think.) Also the GardenAnswers Plant Identification App will identify any plant that you take a picture of. Great stuff hey! I will be putting in my favorite free stuff each week.