Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday, April 12th

I don't think the sun ever peeked through the clouds today. It stayed overcast all day long. There is in fact a chance of snow tonight and tomorrow. I wouldn't doubt it. The temps stayed close to 40 but with the wind chill it was considerably colder. Greg and I found one little fella out in the cold on the way to the Post Office. This is a magpie. They are members of the crow family. They eat mostly invertebrates and insects. About 15% of their diet comes from berries. They will store food away for leaner times when there is an excess. They are supposed to be pretty smart, other birds in their family have been trained to count and solve puzzles. They can mimic other birds, animals, and even people! Hope he didn't repeat what Greg said as we rounded the corner in the blistering cold because it wasn't nice! I mean, geesh, just when you thought spring was almost get an Arctic blast! Hopefully, the sun will warm us up tomorrow.

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