The car park was quiet, so with cold weather gear on we started the moderate climb up alongside the mountain railway. Fresh snow began to dictate our route, and a good call from John B saw us heading south in search of snow free patches.
Within a few steps we were halted by an incredibly obliging party of ptarmigan - two females and a vocal male. The next few minutes were spent in admiration of the mountain specialists, with unanticipated good views...
With mission accomplished it was time for the easier stroll / slide back to the car park, but not until the customary team picture.
Back in the car park a small of snow bunting were picked up - maybe 20 birds in total but very mobile - a few smart males in the group: