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Weather that's not even for the birds

Gayle Waltz of Alexandria took photos of a pair of cardinals by her bird feeder last Sunday.

How cold has it been?

Cold enough to frost a cardinal’s eye.

Gayle Walz of Alexandria sent the newspaper a couple of photos that showed just that – frost forming around the eyes of a pair of cardinals.

She took the photos of the birds by her feeder on Sunday, February 22 when it was 19-below zero.

“Note how they are keeping close to the snow-covered ground to keep their feet warm,” she said. “The wind was blowing the feathers up on the female’s head, but they are both very fluffed out to keep warm. They actually were finding sunflower seeds to eat.”

Douglas County remains in a wind chill advisory until 10 a.m. this morning, Thursday, with wind chills of 25 to 30 below.

The forecast calls for a bit of a warm-up this weekend when temperatures are expected to rise to 20 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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