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Depite their mobility, some birds determined to stick out the cold

Western meadowlark. (Jaime Johnson)
Western meadowlark. (Jaime Johnson)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "This guy didn't get the message that winter is here," says Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson.

The photo of a Western meadowlark was captured as the songbird of the prairies puffed out its downy underfeathers to hold in body heat.

The temperature was minus 8 degrees.

"He looked fine except for a little ice on his beak," Johnson said.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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