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Submitted Photo Luke Fehr of Altona, Manitoba, came across this Hungarian partridge frozen in the snow on the Manitoba prairie in early February. Fehr was out scouting for wildlife when he came across the partridge on the side of a gravel road. It looked alive, he said, but didn’t move as he drove past so he approached and found the partridge was frozen solid.

Weathering the storm: Winter to go down as tough one, next few weeks will determine impact on wildlife

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Luke Fehr was scouting for wildlife one day in early February when he came across a Hungarian partridge sitting along the side of a gravel road.

It’s not an uncommon sight in winter. Birds of the prairie, Hungarian partridges often hunker along roadsides to pick at gravel or exposed food sources such as seeds or waste grains. To stay warm in the open country, they’ll huddle in roosting rings called rosettes and rely on each other for heat.

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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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