Medium Ice Storm yesterday

We had an ice storm yesterday. Even though it was somewhat destructive, it did have its beauty; here are some pictures of ice-coated plants and a few birds having a difficult time perching.

We had an ice storm yesterday.  We were luckier than many of our neighbours as our power was only out for three hours. Others had to wait about 24 hours, including Pontypool stores.  We drove up highway 35 for a little way, to go from Pontypool to Nestleton to find an open store.  We saw lots of trees on power lines, snapped power poles and lots of trucks with cherry-pickers repairing the lines.  Even though it was somewhat destructive, it did have its beauty; here are some pictures of ice-coated plants and a few birds having a difficult time perching.  Several skidded right off our deck, trying to land close to seeds we put out.

Cardinal on iced thorn bush
Cardinal on iced thorn bush
Mourning dove on iced vine
Mourning dove on iced vine

A couple of trees:

 

Iced corkscrew hazel
Iced corkscrew hazel
Ice covered birch
Ice covered birch

 

Here are a couple of shots of a Northern Flicker.  They are a variety of woodpecker that does not usually feed on trees.  It is looking for some grubs in the (frozen) lawn in these shots.

Thrasher on iced lawn
Thrasher on iced lawn
Thrasher on iced lawn
Thrasher on iced lawn

Here is a short video clip of the thrasher, which demonstrates how it got its name.

Flicker

(Click link to view Flash video)

 

 

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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