Monday, February 27, 2017

Swales Moor

Ringby Lane - Snow Bunting still in the top field late morning. Shows really well once found as it scuttles around among the clumps of grass, constantly feeding.
Also 2 Linnets around the quarry edge
1 Skylark
3 Meadow Pipits

Took these at about 1 'oclock today (AC)

And how about this photo of a summer plumaged male Snow Bunting. No - this was not seen in Calderdale.! It's a photo from David Crawshaw and was taken off the coast of Alaska in the Pribilofs close to the Russian border in 2015. It does demonstrate how much different birds can look in male/female plumages at different times of the year. Many thanks David.
Snow Bunting male - Alaska


David Sutcliffe said...

Nice shots Andy. You managed a rump shot - interesting. Don't think anyone has got a flight shot yet - it just doesn't want to fly !!! Well it would of course but who wants it to go.
Interested also in how/what it's finding to eat up there - I couldn't find any obvious seed heads? I wonder if the grass (whatever sort it is ?) seeds are in a stem rather than a flower head or are there minute insects in the stem ???? as it seems to find something in stems.

AndyC said...

hi Dave i have added another photo of what its eating , looks like seed heads of some dried rye grass type.??