Buckton bird is a jet-setter

A snow bunting.
A snow bunting.

A SNOW bunting bird, ringed near RSPB Bempton Cliffs, was spotted by bird watchers in the Netherlands just a month later.

This means the bird, no bigger than a house sparrow and weighing in at just over an ounce, flew around 300 miles in just four weeks.

Data just released reveals that the bird, caught and ringed in Buckton on October 29, 2011, was then recorded as landing near Driel in the Netherlands on November 27, 2011.

Snow buntings are a winter visitor from Scandinavia and usually spend a couple of months in the UK to escape the severe winter weather that sweeps down from the arctic.

Mark Thomas, Senior Investigations Officer with the RSPB, said: “The snow bunting landed at a site well inland so this is an incredible re-sighting of the same bird.

“The energy and determination of these little birds never fails to amaze.”

Snow buntings have been seen on the reserve at Bempton Cliffs this year. In their white winter plumage, flocks alighting and rising look like snowflakes falling, hence the name.