In breeding plumage, male Snow Buntings are unmistakable, with white bodies, long, black wings, and white wing-patches. In winter plumage, males are whitish, with black streaks down the back and a rusty wash over the upperparts. The tail is white, bordering a black wedge. The wings are mostly white with black tips. Females in non-breeding plumage look like non-breeding males. During the breeding season, females look similar to breeding-season males, but the black back is streaked with white, and the head is streaky gray. Unlike most birds with different breeding and non-breeding plumages, buntings molt only once a year. In the fall, they molt into the non-breeding plumage. By spring, the outer tips of the feathers have worn off to reveal the breeding plumage underneath.

First Sighting of Year

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 711 Popham Rd Phippsburg ME United States
Monday, October 31, 2016 6 Scott Dyer Rd Cape Elizabeth ME United States
Friday, February 17, 2017 I-295 N Falmouth ME United States
Monday, January 29, 2018 2€“34 Wells Rd Cape Elizabeth ME United States
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