Snow Bunting Season

Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 6, 2015


Here at Wolf Ridge we are starting to see the first signs of the upcoming winter season. One of these signs is the presence of winter bird species. A particular species we have seen in large amounts is the snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).

These birds travel from their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra down to their wintering grounds in the northern states, including here in Minnesota. They are often sighted in groups by roads, attracted to the open land similar to the arctic. They have a very distinct white plumage that is notable when they fly.

by Megan Gibbs and Caitlin Coghlan

Picture was found on Wikipedia taken by Charles J. Homler.