January 5 – Birds and Snow

On January 2nd, I birded a few Anchorage sites north of where I live, including a neighborhood swarming with American Robins and Bohemian Waxwings:

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On the morning of January 3rd we awoke to snow, which lasted all day and into the night. We ultimately received something over 3 inches of soggy, wet snow – nothing compared with what people far south of us have received. Following are a few pictures taken during the snow, including of the hungry Pine Grosbeaks and Common Redpolls eating as fast as they could before the newly scattered seeds were covered with snow:

The next morning, way before dawn, immediately after I scattered seed on the snow, hungry Mallards descended into our yard.

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Now the snow is frozen and crusty, and winter continues.



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