An extremely rare bird was seen on the Mendonoma Coast – a Snow Bunting.

A Snow Bunting was seen for over a week at Virgin Creek Beach in MacKerricher State Park. Ron LeValley was one of many who got a peek at this bird and he got this wonderful photo.

Snow Bunting by Ron LeValley

Snow Buntings are birds of the high arctic and snowy winter fields. They are sometimes affectionately called "Snowflakes." What this bird was doing on the temperate Mendonoma Coast is a mystery.

To hear the call of this bird, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Thanks to Ron for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Ron's nature photography, here is the link to his website: