After Thanksgiving, the Winter birding season begins. That is when I start going to the shore and looking for cold weather visitors. At the top of the list is the Snow Bunting.
They are usually in large flocks, sometimes mixed with Longspurs, zooming around barren areas like beaches. This fellow was fighting the wind on a metal fence.
They breed far north near the Arctic and their plumage is much whiter then. That helps to blend into the terrain for protection. I think this Winter plumage you see here is really sharp, though.
There were only a few Snow Buntings yesterday, but it's still very early and the huge flocks should show up soon. I will make my next trip in a few weeks.