SNOW BUNTING STILL PRESENT AT 4 PM
- This little bunting is so perfectly camoflaged against the gravel of
the roadside air-strip that when Tim Ruckle and I pulled over to the
shoulder of the road to glass some distant birds we were surprised
to see this petite white, rust and black beauty skitter away from us
not 10 feet distant. The bird stopped and we froze, slowly bringing
binoculars and camera to bear, and getting some great close-ups
(will post soon to RARITIES folder). After about 30 seconds a flock
of pipits made a low pass and the bunting alighted to join them,
heading south towards the canal. It appeared that they all landed in
the disced field on the opposite side of the road, within 100 yards
of the canal, but we were unable to locate the bird again among the
large dirt clods. Hopefully he'll show again in the morning.
Directions are as previously described. The prime area seems to be
along the gravel landing strip, from the canal to where the stip
tapers down to a gravel shoulder.