The LBJs and Woodpeckers and their chums scattered as the local pest control manager popped by at lunchtime to see what might be on the menu.
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Icebow (22deg halo)
On very cold days with ice crystals min the sky you can see “icebows” around the sun … here we have an icebow and it’s reflected mirror image. Just FYI, the bright spot to the left of the sun along the central axis is a “sun dog” and there should be his twin out to the right only it was hidden
** This smaller photo is a very impressive and complete icebow/halo at Annapurna base camp in the Nepalese Himalayas …
Locks on the St-Lawrence
No boats will be passing through here until spring
Working hard on a very cold and windy Christmas Bird Count day (Saturday 22 December) on the flat lands south of St-Clet where there is no shelter … and very few birds this day … we were visited by a wheeling flock of some 30 or so Common Redpolls of which this is but one. They settled almost at our feet to feed on seeds topping dried plants in a roadside ditch. Magical little things. There are more photographs in the corresponding journal entry for this week.