We did the Knox County Christmas Bird Count January 2. It was the worst winter day we have had yet. The wind was howling, it was COLD, it blew snow around most of the day. Needless to say we didn't have the best count ever. We did find the largest number of Lapland Longspurs I have ever seen in Knox County. A conservative estimate was 450. These little sparrow-like birds breed in the high Arctic. They are only around here during winter. To them this weather was probably about like their spring. They glean the corn fields for seed and put up quite the chatter as they busy about. This drawing is ink and watercolor.