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Snow Bunting - Plectrophenax Nivalis
Snow buntings are large buntings, with striking 'snowy' plumages. Males in summer have all white heads and underparts contrasting with a black mantle and wing tips. Females are a more mottled above. In autumn and winter birds develop a sandy/buff wash to their plumage and males have more mottled upperparts.
Globally, they breed around the arctic from Scandinavia to Alaska, Canada and Greenland and migrate south in winter. They are a scarce breeding species in the UK, in Scotland, making them an Amber List species. They are more widespread in winter in the north and east when residents are joined by continental birds.
They are listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act.
The snow bunting lives in very high latitudes in the Arctic tundra. There is no apparent limit to its northern range, while the southern range is limited by the duration of daylight, which influences their reproductive activity. This species is found in the high Arctic tundra of North America, Ellesmere Island, Iceland, higher mountains of Scotland, Norway, Russia, North Greenland, Siberia, Novaya Zemlya, and Franz Josef Land. During the winter, this bird migrates to the circumglobal northern temperate zone including the south of Canada, north of the United States, north of Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and east to central Asia. During the last ice age, the snow bunting was widespread throughout continental Europe.
During the breeding period the snow bunting looks for rocky habitats in the Arctic Since the vegetation in the tundra is low growing, this bird and its nestlings are exposed to predators, and in order to ensure the survival of its offspring, the snow bunting nests in cavities in order to protect the nestlings from any threat. During this period, buntings also look for a habitat rich in vegetation such as wet sedge meadows and areas rich in dryas and lichens. In the winter, they look for open habitats such as farms and fields where they feed on seeds in the ground.
We had some unexpected snowfall during the night, so I just had to go out this morning to make some photos of the now already melting snow.
Snow Bunting - Plectrophenax Nivalis
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"There's just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you're special."
Quote - Carol Rifka Brunt
Snow as far as the eye can see... This year, too, it looks exactly the same as on this photo from last year.
This chapel embodies the well-known landmark of Bettmeralp, approx. 1950 m above sea level, in the Aletsch region, Canton Valais.
Schnee so weit das Auge reicht... Auch in diesem Jahr sieht es genau so aus wie auf diesem Foto aus dem letzten Jahr.
Diese Kapelle verkörpert das weithin sichtbare Wahrzeichen der Bettmeralp, ca. 1950 m ü.M., im Aletschgebiet, Kanton Wallis.
The earliest snow on record in the Ozarks yesterday (November 12) -- lovely coming down, but slick for drivers and enough for an early school dismissal. . .yay!
This is at the village of Michaelston-y-Fedw near Cardiff. Taken the same morning as the previous one of this tree.
We brought our canoe to the cottage today. Mike took this photo when I needed a break after we dragged it down the snow covered path. We hope to use it soon. The ice on the lake is quickly disappearing.
Snow builds on the roof of the little Yosemite Chapel.
Last time in Yosemite I just had a make a stop at the chapel.
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"Where does the white go when the snow melts?” (The adventures of Andrew)
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Before either the sun or the wind rose, each tiny twig was still loaded with snow, forming an arch over the drive.
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We got a few inches of fresh snow last night. Out for a walk and took a picture of this house down the street from mine.
we had our first snow fall on Sat,,, everything looked so beautiful,,,,it will be all gone by the middle of the week,,, I will do some catching up tonight,,,, thanks so much for your visits
LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!
Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
It doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've brought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ......
Une prise de 2013... que j'ai decouvert dans mes archives. La neige qui est tombe en decembre et janvier est presque toute fondue maintenant ( il pleut depuis dimanche soir) HFF.
a shot from December 2013. all the snow from December and January is almost all gone as it has been raining( almost) non-stop since Sunday night. HFF.
Winter is in its full power and beauty these days. A lot of snow and quite cool conditions. Perfect for all kind of winter fun. The village I visit regularly, not far from my city, Volkovo on Nikulchinka river.
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It seems springtime is knocking at our door, so I thought I try to create a snowy winter image, because I really like snow and frost. You can make great photos then, but we have no snow, no winter.........
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