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Feb 14, 2015

500 Snow Buntings at Temperanceville

 Photos by BarrytheBirder
Winter is never quite winter for me until I see a flock of Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis).   I'd spotted a few earlier this winter, once or twice, but it wasn't until today, February 11th, that I spotted a big flock of them near Temperanceville.   On this occasion, it was a flock of approximately 500 birds; the most I've ever seen at one time.   When they swoop and swirl about in flight one can see them clearly one moment and then, when they turn, they almost disappear as their mostly white colouring blends into the snowy background.

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