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Today one picture from my archives of this year.
A willow ptarmiganbetween two season.The female is identical to the male in winter. During the summer it is a mottled brown (less reddish than the male) with some white on the belly.
The North American species turn snow white in the winter. They will often fly into snow banks and nestle in the snow to sleep. By flying into the banks instead of walking, they don't leave tracks for predators to follow.

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