Partial clearing made for some interesting views while Connor, Rowan, and I walked over to UAS this afternoon.
Sitka broke records this month for measured November snowfall. However the record comes with a bit of an asterisk, since there are significant gaps in the records for snow amounts. Unlike precipitation, the depth of snow is not measured by the main weather station, apparently. In any case, it was a lot of snow for any month around here, but it did make for some nice views.
The kids and I went for a hike up Indian River Valley so I could switch out the ibuttons. They brought snowshoes, while I slogged through waist deep snow in the muskegs.
Probably a not-quite-mature male, this Barrow’s Goldeneye gave me pause when I saw it in the cove by the library. This was the best (and only one I kept) of several shots I took to confirm the identity when I got home.
Bohemian Waxwings seemed to move in with the snow mid-November this year. Some years they are hardly here at all, but this bird was part of a flock of 30 or so birds feeding on ornamental shrubs with fruit and mountain ash berries.