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This past weekend, the polar vortex storm dumped a few inches of snow in our area. When it was over, I noticed many birds flying around in our backyard. There were several dozens juncos hopping on the snow, hunting for food. They had emptied our bird feeder and we had no more sunflower seeds left to restock it.

One of the birds was a turtle dove, also called mourning dove. I think it was thirsty because it kept eating snow and managed to clear a 3-foot section of snow off the handrail of our deck.TurtheDove_IMG_1535