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Snow Buntings

Plectrophenax nivalis


A "drift" of snow buntings flying around the golf course arriving the same day as the first snow of the season. They are medium sized sparrow with their winter plummage of white with tans and black wing tips. They would land for a minute and then take off for another spot, land again and take off again traveling around the course.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks for the info bjohnson, though it was not mentioned how many birds were killed. pretty sad.

bjohnson 11 years ago

The plane was heading to Washington from Portland Maine when after take off hit the flock (drift) of snow buntings and had to return to the jetport for and inspection.

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Great info. Thanks for sharing. The jet had a problem with buntings or it crash landed due to problems in the landing gear?

bjohnson 11 years ago

Thank you, yesterday, Nov 1, 2011, a jet at Portland Airport ran into a flock of snow buntings and had to make an emergency landing and get checked out.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Great shots... Thumping.....!!

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Oct 30, 2011
Submitted on Oct 30, 2011

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