Wildlife advent calendar: Day 24: Snow bunting
One of my favourite species of British passeriformes, snow buntings are the largest of the bunting species. Most of these birds that are seen in the UK breed in northern Europe and fly over to Britain for the winter. However, small populations breed here in the UK on the highest peaks in Scotland where temperatures are fairly low all year round.
In the winter, snow buntings can be found in Scotland and on the coasts of Eastern England. Flocks are most easily seen on shingle banks of marshes not far inland from the beach. Often you will see them surrounded by other types of birds such as finches and other bunting species.
Image taken from Flickr user Kelly Colgan Azar
RSPB website – Snow bunting