December 21 – Solstice at Last

Up here in Alaska, the Solstice is a particularly important holiday when the all-too-short days no longer are getting shorter, and will slowly begin to increase in length. It made the day seem even more special when the sun and blue sky appeared.

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Although it is less taxing to only have a small number of daylight hours in which to bird, it will be great to have more time. Today I limited my birding even more, and just birded our yard. The usual birds were around in modest numbers. I photographed a couple of the Pine Grosbeaks, one of the Black-billed Magpies and two of the 10 or so Common Redpolls that visited the feeders. I did not know  until now that the latter like mealworms as well as seeds. The blueness of some of the photos is how the camera saw it – I have not changed that and all were taken with the same settings.

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307 species so far

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