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Those searching for the elk meat were turned back by the amount of ice in the river above Fort Clatsop. Gibson and Willard ask for help hauling their elk to the Salt Works. Charbonneau brings Lewis a Varied thrush to examine.

From the journals...

Sent a party of eight men up the river this morning to renew their surch for the Elk and also to hunt; they proceded but a few miles before they found the river so obstructed with ice that they were obliged to return.

Meriwether Lewis

Icy Netul River

Icy and frost on a coastal river at sunrise

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

notwithstanding the could weather the Swan white Brant geese &ducks still continue with us

Meriwether Lewis

Charbono found a bird dead lying near the fort this morning and brought it to me

Meriwether Lewis

Varied thrush, Zoothera naevia

Small bird with blue wings and gold chest

Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

I immediately recognized it to be of the same kind of that which I had seen in the Rocky mountains on the morning of the 20th of September last...
this is a beatifull little bird. I have never heard it's note it appears to be silent. it feeds on berries, and I beleive is a rare bird even in this country, or at least this is the second time only that I have seen it.

Meriwether Lewis

Varied thrush, Zoothera naevia

Small bird with blue windgs and gold chest

Photo ©2007 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.