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A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of capturing the beauty and uniqueness of wild neighbors with words.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Arctic Wild Neighbors: Snow bunting

Snow buntings possess a striking plumage of white, black, and brown. On the arctic breeding grounds these sparrow-sized birds eat spiders and insects as well as the seeds of grasses and other plants.  Throughout the winter they must rely mostly on seeds, which explains their affinity for wide open spaces like farm fields and lake shores.

There's nothing quite like catching the view of a big flock of snow buntings as they whirl over an open field.

Here is a Haiku poem I wrote (using the typical pattern of 5, 7, and 5 syllables per line) as I reflected upon my experience watching a sizeable flock of snow buntings take flight over a field in the Middle Ridge area, about eight miles west of Wellsboro, PA:
Windswept tundrascape,
In a flurry brown and white,
The flock moves as one.

To learn more interesting facts about the snow bunting, click this link.


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