Friday, 14 February 2014

Blue sky, cold wind, sunshine and snow!

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

A cold and windy walk yesterday, though with much welcomed blue sky and sunshine, produced one of my favourite scarce passage migrants and winter visitor to the Sussex coast, the beautiful Snow Bunting (P. nivalis). In Sussex, as elsewhere in Southern Britain, Snow Buntings are almost entirely confined to coastal sites with a marked preference for sandy shores. Favoured locations include Chichester and Pagham Harbours in West Sussex and the area around Rye Bay to the east. This individual was found feeding along the shoreline at East Head, located on the east side of the entrance to Chichester Harbour.

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