Skip to comments.Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration
Posted on 01/29/2012 7:32:56 AM PST by chopperman
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called "unbelievable."
Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted from coast to coast, feeding in farmlands in Idaho, roosting on rooftops in Montana, gliding over golf courses in Missouri and soaring over shorelines in Massachusetts.
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So much for that belief apparently. And the simple farts just can't bring themselves to forego the ritualistic reference to "climate change." It's like a mantra, they say it even when it manifestly makes no sense whatsoever.
I hope a whole bunch of em nest right here in Minnesota. They sure are good eatin’.
I don’t know about conditions in the Arctic as a whole, but I do know that Alaska is having one heck of a winter.
Maybe it’s just too much cold and snow for them, odd as that sounds. They’re leaving to find food.
No doubt this will be sagely noted as an effect of global warming too. When you have a bogeyman and find him useful, he’s responsible for every “bad” thing, even when it’s not.
The Artic is extending southward. These are great birds to observe. There is nothing like the thrill of being buzzed by one of these birds in the AK winter. Not a sound and they come in from behind you..within feet of your head. It is their territory and they defend it.
Providing cover for Hedwig?
There’s a lot of speculation. As far as hard evidence, we really don’t know,” Holt said.
The last sentence of the article just about sums up scientists’ knowledge on most things environmental.
This is what the data is telling us.
Truly awesome birds! I once saw one while snow-mobiling outside Rochester, NY. Had stopped to take in the scenery and a large shadow passed overhead - took a few seconds to make it out against the nearby snow-covered rise, but it made my day.
One was spotted 15 miles from where I live in Central Ohio....that is WAY out of their range.
They eat spotted owls......the horror......the horror.
The article says the migration is mostly young males, resulting from a population boom due to abundant lemmings which allowed as many as 7 offspring v. the usual 2.
Not global warming apparently.
That was my first thought. It's just too damned cold up there this year. Odd the reporter didn't seem to know anything about that.
Tenana, in cental AK, yesterday had a high of 48 degrees and a low of 60 degrees..............below.
Now I don't care who you are, that's cold.
Keep using the term, “global warming.” They want to change it to “climate change.” Don’t let them.
This is logical. Last year, the jet stream dropped very South across North America, so cold air flooded down from the Arctic, bringing lots of snow South, but leaving the northern climes temperate.
Warm weather up there==population explosion of lemmings, followed by snowy owls gorging themselves and reproducing.
But this year, the jet stream has been pushed way North, so that the cold is trapped North of Alaska and Canada, and they and the Arctic are being buried under deep snow and extremely cold temperatures, while it is temperate down South.
Cold weather up there==no food for lemmings, so a lot fewer lemmings, and thus no food for snowy owls.
So the snowy owls have nowhere to go but South, and there are a lot more of them than usual.
A big plus to this is that owls eat a LOT of mice and rats, which will be good for crops in the lower 48.
You are correct. Arctic bird irruptions into the Lower 48 during winter are always caused by a period of extreme cold on their feeding grounds. That is what is happening now. These birds have to move south in order to eat -- it's as simple as that.
Yet it is amazing to me that this fact is completely ignored in this absurd and biased article.
Honest journalism is dead. R.I.P.
Many, many years ago in Sault Ste Marie, MI a Flight Service specialist that worked with my father had one in a cage. It had been hit by a 'blue duck' (North Central Airlines CV-580) and wing was broke. A vet did what he could, but ventured it would never fly again.
Great looking bird, but after his ability to snap a pencil in half with his beak was demonstrated I resolved to give that cage a wider berth. I never heard of the bird's outcome.
Yep, like clockwork, that’s what they’d claim.
I remember one very cold winter in 1990 or 91 in Minnesota. We had hundreds of red polls at our bird feeder. They were so tame I could hold a bit of feed in my hand and they came right in my lap.
Some years ago, I was deer hunting in northern Wisconsin. Fresh snow was falling and the woods were completely silent. Out of nowhere, a snowy owl soared 20 feet overhead with wings outstretched and landed on a limb just yards ahead of me. Completely silent and majestic. A real gift.
I got buzzed by one in Connecticut a few years ago and it was a bit of a surprise having a huge bird fly by about waist-high to me and easily within reach. It kept flying and I kept hiking but it was pretty exciting.
But that's exactly what is happening now all over the Lower 48. And it's not just snowy owls. Had this "reporter" researched further, he/she/it would have discovered that many Arctic birds are irrupting into the Lower 48 due to the extremely cold temps up north.
For example, there is a gyrfalcon seen by many in central Nevada right now. And if you can believe this, common redpolls have been seen in a backyard -- in LAS VEGAS!!!!
It's extraordinary. But it's a great time to be a birder!
No doubt about it.
I'm curious how the MSM will spin it.
Sheesh... who am I kidding? It will simply be attributed to man-made global warming. Yet again.
The next ice age is beginning. Gorabull backed the wrong horse.
And a number of years ago I saw one while I was pheasant hunting in N.W. Kansas.......
Better than panda?
I think I saw some of these while driving in northern Iowa last week.
North Central Indiana. Pretty far south.
Better than panda and not as greasy as baby seal.
Let's see, climate change could be going in one of two directions; it is getting warmer or it is getting colder.
If getting warmer, the ground would thaw sooner, more land would be available for vegetation to grow; more food for the lemmings. He is saying there is less food so the ground is not be available to grow food, hence the climate is getting colder. Yes there is climate change; however it is getting colder not warmer.
But, cats taste so much better.
Minus 64 this morning 9am in Eagle, Alaska. Coldest day so far this year.
The writer probably knew that. But since it didn't fit with the global warming meme, even if he put it in the article, his editors never would've let it through. So the leftist-approved language had to be changed to, "...remains largely a mystery of nature. 'There's a lot of speculation. As far as hard evidence, we really don't know,' Holt said." Now why doesn't every article about global warming included the same caveat?
Quite a creature. I like the feathered “boots”.
More evidence of global cooling.
Get in on the ground floor of the next scientific plot to soak up taxpayer’s money.
lol My wife just returned from a 3 week visit at Fairbanks. The temp range was +19f - -54f. That’s what she said, “just too damned cold.”
Hundreds of cattle at your bird feeder? WOW :-)
Not as good as manatee but better than gopher tortoise.
Damn, it got down to 45 last night here in Nawth Flawaduh.
That's only 109 degrees warmer. But it's a damp cold here, so you probably wouldn't notice the difference.
I know my cattle...
Actually after twenty some years, I’ve gotten use to it. Feed the wood stoves, reload ammo, and watch dir tv; thank God for HD & big screens. I couldn’t ever get use to the hordes, crime, congestion,taxes, organized local govts, and cops hiding in the weeds with radar; we don’t have none of that here but it does cool off some in January. Clear up to minus 28 at 8 pm sunday evening, regular heat wave.