Snow Buntings, sometimes referred to as “snowflakes,” flock up by the hundreds in winter and can be seen swirling through the air and settling on winter fields. These restless, medium-sized songbirds breed in the Arctic but spend their winters in the northern US. Their crisp, white plumage helps them blend into the snowy Arctic landscape. The Snow Bunting has rust-colored tones to help it blend into its winter homes of wind-blown fields and roadsides. During the change from non-breeding to breeding plumage, Snow Buntings do not molt their feathers like most songbirds. Instead, they rub their feathers in the snow, wearing down the rust-colored tips and revealing the bright white color below. Snow Buntings nest in rocky crevices, and because of the extreme Arctic temperatures, the female will sit on the feather-lined nest for the entirety of the incubation period while the male brings her a meal of seeds and arthropods several times an hour.