Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First snows of winter...

Sick of sitting in the office this week, at lunchtime, I decided to pop down to Cambois to visit the wintering Snow Buntings. A flock of 12 were quite flighty in the stiff breeze, so I just sat in the car near where some kind person has placed seed out for them, and waited. After about 10 minutes they came twinkling back in, their calls like wind chimes in the breeze. Today must have seemed positively summery to these most northerly breeding passerines.

While waiting, 40 Pink feet flew north over the sea, and on the return to work a Stoat in half ermine ran over the track near the bus stop.

That was quite a productive lunchtime I think....  








3 comments:

amanda peters said...

Such a sweet little bird, we do get the odd one in Yorkshire up on Baildon moor, but I have never seen on.
Amanda xx

Stewart said...

Hi Amanda, They used to be more common than they are now but they can still be found sparingly on our beaches during late autumn and winter. Most of my records of Snow Bunts are birds flying high over head, recognised by the distinctive call, a soft 'peu' followed by a short trill like a canary!

oldcrow61 said...

Love the pictures of those sweet birds.