Two seed-loving birds that breed up north in the boreal taiga and arctic tundra, the Snow Bunting and Common Redpoll, paid visit to our colleague Valerie Courtois of the Canadian Boreal Initiative recently. She lives way up in Goose Bay, Labrador, so they likely spent their winter down in southern Canada or the northern US and are now on their trip north for summer breeding.
Despite the massive heat wave that hit much of the East Coast in March, Labrador still had a decent amount of snow on the ground in recent weeks. This of course did not deter the buntings or redpolls whatsoever – they particularly loved her feeder and the seeds that fell down into the snow below, as you can see in the pictures.
Thanks to Val for sharing these lovely shots with us!