Doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning the highlight was a lone Snow Bunting. Finding it on the rocks at McKinley Beach, it then moved to a stony area with little grass on high ground. It fed continually while I was there eating grass and weed seeds on the ground. Stunning bird to see and watch eat too. These birds are easily seen along roadsides on the shoulder in the gravel after snow is plowed and also in open fields I would think where ever they can find seeds or insects if they are present. It was a mild December day, with sunny skies, winds were nothing as the big lake was calm, temps got into the 50’s. Images were taken on December 3, 2017.
Binomial name: Plectrophenax nivalis
Category: Longspurs and Snow Buntings
Size: 6.75” long, 14” wing span
Weight: 1.5 oz