Most male Snowys phase out most of the black when they reach maturity
around five years. The females and immature birds use the black for
camouflage against the rocks, ice, and snow of the tundra, the male's white
feathers assist in camouflage against the sky.

*Ian T. Miyashiro*
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“If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems
in the world.”
-Thomas Lovejoy

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>   1. Snowy in Bridport
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> Date:    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:24:05 -0500
> From:    Jean Arrowsmith <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Snowy in Bridport
> The SNOW was seen Tuesday morning fr0m Basin Harbor Rd.  north of the
> intersection with Crown Point Road, on the west side of the road, on a
> fence post in a swale.  This is a white bird, and my question is why the
> immature have dark feathering?  I know that black feathers are stronger,
> but can’t make the next step.  The dark feathers make the bird more
> conspicuous against snow.
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