Saturday, November 7, 2009

Snow Buntings

I took part of a day of off work Thursday and headed up to the North Shore to do some birding. Things are kind of quiet in the southern part of Minnesota, where I live, since many of the birds have left the area and gone south. So I was hoping that by going north I could find some of the northern species that sometimes spend the winter in the northern portion of the state.
My target species where northern hawk owls, black-backed and three-toed woodpeckers, crossbills, grossbeaks, bohemian waxwings or even just some simple snow bunting like the ones pictured above. Unfortunately it was pretty slow up north also so the best bird that I found was a red-breasted nuthatch, which are fairly common up north but a bird we don't see as often in the south part of the state. I photographed these snow buntings up in Duluth last October.

11 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great photos, the Snow Bunting is one bird I am determined to see this winter.

squirrel said...

They are beautiful. I have only seen them once.

Wrigley said...

Very nice photos!

Denise said...

Lovely photos, such a pretty bird and one I have heard of but not seen.

i beati said...

buntin gs have a sweetness about them

Jedediah said...

What a gorgeous, colourful bird!

madcobug said...

These are beautiful birds. I haven't seen any of these before. Helen

Oskar said...

I like the blush on it's cheeks!

Carol said...

Beautifully marked bird.

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Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful shots!

Chie Wilks said...

ohh awesome photos of a friendly critter..

mine is a monkey