What to look for, NOW!

every week we'll highlight what to look for when you're out birding.

This week it's: Snow Buntings

This weekend may be a good time to go in search of Snow Buntings. Mainly winter visitors to this country (with very few breeding birds), they are also primarily coastal in their distribution. Hotspots at the moment include the beach at Cley, Norfolk, where there have been more than 50 of these beautiful buntings this week. Listen for the soft calls and look particularly for the large white flashes on the males' wings. These large, long-winged, pale buntings are well worth a good look!

Winter Snow Bunting

Winter Snow Bunting

A flock of 'snowflakes' by a coastal shingle bank

A flock of 'snowflakes' by a coastal shingle bank

Snow Buntings show variable amounts of white in the wing. As a rule, younger birds and females have less white than older males.

Snow Buntings show variable amounts of white in the wing. As a rule, younger birds and females have less white than older males.

Images: Alamy


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