|In this photo, the bird appears very pale overall, especially on the mantle, greater coverts and primaries|
|This photo emphasizes the paleness of the bird, with the mantle down through the uppertail coverts being much whiter than you would expect on a Snow Bunting.|
|And here's one last shot to show this bird's paleness compared to typical Snow Buntings|
In addition to searching the immediate area, birders on the Lower Mainland should be on the lookout for this bird. Only three McKay's Buntings have been recorded in British Columbia, which are summarized in an E-Fauna article here:
You will note the similarity in appearance of the above bird to the second-winter female seen at the Iona Jetty in the winter of 2004/5, shown in the article linked above. As always, input on the identification is welcome and appreciated.