The male Snow Buntings return to high Arctic tundra in early April with the females following six to eight weeks later. Nests are deep in cracks or other cavities in rocks lined with moss and grasses, rootlets, fur and feathers. The female must stay on the nest during most of the incubation time of the two to seven egg clutch. The male snow bunting will feed the female during this time.
During breeding season the male and female will have a much different look. The male will have white body feathers and jet black wings. The female will have more white plumage with a grayish head and indistinct dusky streaking than during the non-breeding season. The link above at About Birds shows non-breeding and breeding plumage of both sexes.
These song birds are difficult to photograph as they are constantly moving. I have posted a couple of the better photos I have been able to capture. I enjoy seeing these beautiful birds each year and will keep trying for a truly good photograph.
According to the National Audubon Society, the Snow Bunting is #11 in their list of common birds in decline. How sad! Global warming has allowed more predators (mammals and birds) to survive and prey on the Snow Bunting nests.
Take a moment to see what birds are visiting you today and enjoy! :) Coppertop