House finches a common backyard sight

House finches are one of the most common birds, especially around bird feeders. Let’s hope they always stay that way. Terry Thomas /

The birds arrived amid a snowstorm Sunday that plastered the south-facing sides of my bird feeders with a thick blanket of wet snow. Flock size has been growing with the approach of colder weather, and this time there must have been 30 or more birds.

Fun Black Friday

Autumn Graves rock climbs near Wolf Flats along the Snake River.

So there really is more to the days following Thanksgiving than chasing around stores for a bargain.

Outside things to be thankful about

Sunrises and sunsets are one of those free gifts given to outdoor lovers on an almost daily basis. This sunrise is framed by the Teton Range to the east of the Ashton area. (Jerry Painter photo)

On Saturday, a friend and I were driving back from the Heise area after spending the afternoon rock climbing near Wolf Flats and witnessed one of the world’s great free gifts: an amazing sunset.


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