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The Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is an uncommon/local winter visitor to Ireland. From October to March, it is found singularly or more commonly in small flocks at coastal locations. It is circumpolar and breed in mountainous areas north of 60°N. The first winter male depicted above was easily approached, as is typical of this species. At times it could be difficult to locate as its cryptic colouration helped it blend into the background.