Birding has been especially difficult this winter with the heavy snows and deep cold. It has been difficult to get around and at many times not safe to be stopping along the roads. It does, however, make the feeders more active. Birds need food to survive this extreme weather. They need more energy to keep their bodies warm. And, often the natural food sources are covered with snow and ice.
Above and below we see a Snow Bunting. There are small to large flocks flying around our province feeding on weed seeds from plants poking above the snow or on seeds blown by the wind. I have seen flocks ranging in size from 5 to 150 this winter. They move around a lot and when the flock flies it looks like snowflakes. Sometimes when it is very cold the snow buntings will burrow in under the snow to keep warm; a good idea!