Snow Bunting…

For the last few days, on the cliff inside Staithes harbour you could have seen snowflakes cascading down.  These cascading snowflakes were in fact snow buntings, from a distance snow buntings appear to be almost pure white.  Snow buntings are regular winter visitors to our shores.  Although a few pairs of Snow Buntings can sometimes be found nesting in the Scottish Highlands.

Snow bunting are found in flocks anything from a few hundred to a few thousand birds, they can be easily recognised by their habit of flying round & round then changing direction and swooping down onto the shore as if they are one bird.  They make sounds similar to musical bell notes.

 

 

More information can be found on The RSPB website.

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