|A mix of male and female Snow Buntings in and around the traps.
We knew Rick and Nancy from the Ruthven Bird Banding station were banding Snow Buntings out their way, so we decided to join them for a while. Not much walking, and not too far of a drive. I could handle that. I hadn't had a good look at Snow Buntings in over a year, and I think it had been even longer since we had seen Rick or Nancy, so we were looking forward to it.
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|These birds are well camouflaged out in the fields.
|Me with Rick and Nancy getting some birds out of the traps.
|Males have white secondary coverts.
|These birds fly great distances to be here for the winter, even from Greenland!
|Dark secondary coverts indicate a female.
|Getting some grit from the road to help digest the corn used for bait.
|They put on a lovely flying display.
|Rob helping Rick bring in the traps.