Bushwhacking is when you go off trails and make your way through the bush by going around or over anything in the way.
Today for birding we bushwhacked an area. It's hard going but you see some very different things.
We saw thousands of ducks on the river. Around every bend were hundreds of ducks. There were also many Canada geese and a few other species of duck mixed in with the mallards. The river is not frozen over but full of ice which is flowing along with the current.
We did see and identify the following: blue jay, black-billed magpie, black-capped chickadee, boreal chickadee, bald eagle, Canada geese, gold eye, downy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch and a common raven. We also saw four mule deer.
The weather was pleasant: sunny and about minus 3 C.