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"Snow Bunting"
Snow Bunting:   


"... These birds appear in the northern districts of the United States, early in December, or with the first heavy snow, particularly if drifted by high winds. They are usually called the White Snow-bird, to distinguish them from the small dark bluish Snow-bird already described [Junco]. Their numbers increase with the increasing severity of weather, and depth of snow. Flocks of them sometimes reach as far south as the borders of Maryland; and the whiteness of their plumage is observed to be greatest towards the depth of winter. ... They are, however, universally considered as the harbingers of severe cold weather. ..."   [Alexander Wilson, 1828, "American Ornithology", vol.II, p.197]

 
PDX Fire Station, Portland, Oregon ...

Image, 2012, PDX, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Snow Bunting, Portland, Oregon, at the Fire Station, Portland International Airport (PDX). Late afternoon, sunny and cold. Image taken January 1, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


This is the SAME Snow Bunting as the one seen at Broughton Beach, just a different location. Broughton Beach borders the Columbia River on the north side of the airport.


... more ...

Image, 2011, PDX, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Snow Bunting, Portland, Oregon, near PDX. Sunny and cold. Image taken December 22, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snow Bunting, Portland, Oregon, near PDX. Sunny and cold. Image taken December 22, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snow Bunting, Portland, Oregon, near PDX. Sunny and cold. Image taken December 22, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snow Bunting, Portland, Oregon, near PDX. Sunny and cold. Image taken December 22, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... front and back ...

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Front and back, Snow Bunting, Portland, Oregon, near PDX. Sunny and cold. Image taken December 22, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... with Mount Hood ...

Image, 2011, PDX, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Snow Bunting and Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon, from the PDX Fire Station parking lot. Sunny and cold. Image taken December 22, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Broughton Beach, Oregon ...

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Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... "taking a bath" ...

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"Taking a bath" ... Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... front and back ...

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Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... tail ...

Image, 2011, Broughton Beach, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Because of the extensive white in the back and the white/black ratio on R3 tail feather, some think this bird might be a McKay's Bunting. Experienced birders are looking into it now.


... with American Pipit ...

Image, 2011, Broughton Beach, Oregon, click to enlarge
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American Pipit and Snow Bunting, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Sunny and cold, temperature in the high 30s low 40s. Image taken December 13, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Snow Bunting. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 23, 2010. According to birding record-keepers, this particular bird is the first ever documented Snow Bunting in Clark County.

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