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Some of us believe that winter is the best time in Alaska. It can last a long time here in the mountains of the Alaska Range. A few years ago we got 4 feet of new snow on May 24. That was a strange time, as birds in migration fell out of the sky and landed on the frozen lake in front of our house. We had a couple hundred sparrows, snow buntings, Bohemian Waxwings, and others for a few days. I realized they were starving, so I threw 50 pounds of black sunflower seed by the handfuls to them. When the storm broke, they went on their way.