Winter Visitors and Mixed Flocks

At a glance, the large flocks of Snow Buntings that I sometimes encounter on my winter travels appear to be just that: large flocks of Snow Buntings.

SnowBuntings14Jan15#190E2c3x5However, pure flocks are the exception rather than the rule. Many of our gregarious winter visitors from the far north – Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Lapland Longspurs, Horned Larks – commonly occur in mixed flocks. I discovered this several years ago when Redpolls appeared in my cropped images of a flock of Snow Buntings.

Close examination of the images from my recent encounters with Snow Buntings revealed at least one additional species in the mix: Horned Larks.

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Mixed flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks

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Horned Lark and Snow Buntings

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Snow Buntings and ? arriving at a feeding site

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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