#227 Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis)

16 October

Something good to look forward to as we go into winter – look for these birds in wide open spaces such as the Macdonald campus fields beside the highway. When they forage they tend to crouch down and blend in extremely well with the ground; even if you don’t think you see anything, give the ground a scan and look for movement. Snow Buntings are also restless during the winter and fly to a new spot every 10 minutes or so. Look for a flurry of black-and-white as they dash off to a new foraging spot.

Medium-distance migrant – coming to the Montreal area in winter is, for them, like people from here going to Florida. Migrates in loose flocks numbering in the teens to the thousands. Sometimes flocks with Lapland and Smith’s Longspurs during migration.

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