...we did a Christmas Bird/Mammal Count, an all day event. The deep snow made it challenging, but at -8 C it was a pleasure to be out there. All day the wind knocked trees into each other, banging mounds of snow off the spruce and breaking icicles off the crowns. What a fantastic racket! If woodpeckers were pecking, we sure couldn't hear them. But I could hear myself think. Ideas came. Lots of them. They were banging around in my head. They're still banging.
Anyhow, our biggest challenge of the day was tracking down the ptarmigan. There were tracks everywhere, but we didn't spot any birds until they began to feed after 3 pm.
I think this one got the wrong end of the stick.