Today the snow was blowing horizontally. The winds were relentless blowing hard for over fifteen hours through the previous night. It hasn't ended and reminds me that we still are in winter season and spring needs to wait until winter has given up being extremely cold. Sometimes the temperature sounds pleasant, but the winds make it unbearable outdoors. I keep an arsenal of extra clothes in my vehicle, just to be on the safe side. I would hate to travel out somewhere nice and not be able to stay. The sun hasn't been showing it's face much, it has became a commodity all season. The weatherman just came on and told us to be prepared for howling winds all through the night again. They have shut down a portion of the north/south interstate, to get people off the roads. Time is coming to a halt, as winter charms us with another night of cold.
I counted 71 pelicans this day as well as 42 eagles. This is below Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake, and a favorite destination for me to camp, fish and eat the best pastries at the two Dutch bakeries in Pella. This is where I began birding in 1969, and always a good place to be.