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