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Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration
Reuters thru Yahoo ^

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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No mention of 'doesn't jive with global warming alarmism'.
1 posted on 01/29/2012 7:32:59 AM PST by chopperman
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To: chopperman
He said snowy owl populations are believed to be in an overall decline, possibly because a changing climate has lessened the abundance of vegetation like grasses that lemmings rely on.

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.

2 posted on 01/29/2012 7:38:43 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: chopperman

I hope a whole bunch of em nest right here in Minnesota. They sure are good eatin’.


3 posted on 01/29/2012 7:42:53 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: chopperman

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.


4 posted on 01/29/2012 7:43:07 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: hinckley buzzard

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.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 7:44:40 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: chopperman; tiredoflaundry; HungarianGypsy; JenB; Grendel9; dead; TwoWolves; js1138; MineralMan; ...

Providing cover for Hedwig?


6 posted on 01/29/2012 7:45:28 AM PST by null and void (Day 1104 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: chopperman

There’s a lot of speculation. As far as hard evidence, we really don’t know,” Holt said.
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The last sentence of the article just about sums up scientists’ knowledge on most things environmental.


7 posted on 01/29/2012 7:51:06 AM PST by burroak
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To: chopperman
As a trained scientist, I am able to interpret the meaning of this event and place it into context within the great tapestry of the web of life. The Snowy Owls are telling us something, if only we will listen. And what they are telling us is this: "America must abandon capitalism immediately. America must undertake fundamental structural change under the direction of President Barack Obama."

This is what the data is telling us.

8 posted on 01/29/2012 8:01:01 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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9 posted on 01/29/2012 8:06:33 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Oldexpat
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.

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.

10 posted on 01/29/2012 8:09:48 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: chopperman

One was spotted 15 miles from where I live in Central Ohio....that is WAY out of their range.


11 posted on 01/29/2012 8:20:14 AM PST by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: chopperman

They eat spotted owls......the horror......the horror.


12 posted on 01/29/2012 8:24:16 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: chopperman

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.


13 posted on 01/29/2012 8:25:31 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Alaska is having one heck of a winter

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.

14 posted on 01/29/2012 8:35:23 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
".......Alaska is having one heck of a winter."

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.

15 posted on 01/29/2012 8:35:47 AM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: RegulatorCountry

Keep using the term, “global warming.” They want to change it to “climate change.” Don’t let them.


16 posted on 01/29/2012 8:35:47 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Free Vulcan

NEWSFLASH

Global warming causes huge increase in lemming population. Litter sizes increase to 7 from normal 2.
17 posted on 01/29/2012 8:40:36 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: chopperman

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.


18 posted on 01/29/2012 8:45:47 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: RegulatorCountry
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.

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.

19 posted on 01/29/2012 8:48:57 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: trebb
"Truly awesome birds!"

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.

20 posted on 01/29/2012 8:54:11 AM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: chopperman

21 posted on 01/29/2012 8:58:41 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Yep, like clockwork, that’s what they’d claim.


22 posted on 01/29/2012 9:09:12 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Flycatcher

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.


23 posted on 01/29/2012 9:11:18 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: chopperman

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.


24 posted on 01/29/2012 9:12:31 AM PST by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: Oldexpat

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.


25 posted on 01/29/2012 9:14:34 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Flycatcher
That much cold dammed up is going to lead to an impressive Alberta Clipper at some point when the system finally breaks. I'm in comparatively warm North Carolina, but I remember one in the mid-eighties that froze the humidity right out of the air, looked like Disney pixie dust under the street lights. Dropped from 43º F to -15º over the course of one evening.
26 posted on 01/29/2012 9:17:37 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I remember one very cold winter in 1990 or 91 in Minnesota. We had hundreds of red polls at our bird feeder.

Lucky you!

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!

27 posted on 01/29/2012 9:18:00 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
That much cold dammed up is going to lead to an impressive Alberta Clipper at some point when the system finally breaks.

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.

28 posted on 01/29/2012 9:21:00 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: chopperman

The next ice age is beginning. Gorabull backed the wrong horse.


29 posted on 01/29/2012 9:25:46 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: chopperman
A couple weeks ago one was spotted in Chesterfield Twp., here in S.E. Michigan.....

And a number of years ago I saw one while I was pheasant hunting in N.W. Kansas.......

30 posted on 01/29/2012 9:30:16 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: shelterguy
"They sure are good eatin’."

Better than panda?

31 posted on 01/29/2012 9:33:25 AM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: chopperman

I think I saw some of these while driving in northern Iowa last week.


32 posted on 01/29/2012 9:42:37 AM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: chopperman
We had one recently interfering with landings and takeoffs at out Reserve Air Base. The tried to scare him away but that didn't work and he would place himself and others in danger on the landing strip the brought in a falconer who trapped and re-released him.

North Central Indiana. Pretty far south.

33 posted on 01/29/2012 9:53:24 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: Flag_This

Better than panda and not as greasy as baby seal.


34 posted on 01/29/2012 9:58:53 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: hinckley buzzard
Stupid, stupid, stupid. There I said it.

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.

35 posted on 01/29/2012 10:09:36 AM PST by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: Kozy
Every reputable scientist who isn't on the koolaid is saying we're way overdue for an ice age...some are even saying that if we really were capable of changing the climate of the earth, we should be making as many emissions as possible!

36 posted on 01/29/2012 10:18:47 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: chopperman

37 posted on 01/29/2012 10:44:23 AM PST by blam
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To: hinckley buzzard
...that lemmings rely on.

But, cats taste so much better.

38 posted on 01/29/2012 11:13:29 AM PST by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: diogenes ghost

Minus 64 this morning 9am in Eagle, Alaska. Coldest day so far this year.


39 posted on 01/29/2012 11:20:50 AM PST by Eska
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To: Flycatcher
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.

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?

40 posted on 01/29/2012 11:30:02 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: blam

Quite a creature. I like the feathered “boots”.


41 posted on 01/29/2012 11:35:21 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: chopperman

More evidence of global cooling.

Get in on the ground floor of the next scientific plot to soak up taxpayer’s money.


42 posted on 01/29/2012 11:43:38 AM PST by PAR35
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To: BfloGuy

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.”


43 posted on 01/29/2012 12:03:59 PM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Hundreds of cattle at your bird feeder? WOW :-)


44 posted on 01/29/2012 12:08:37 PM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Flag_This

Not as good as manatee but better than gopher tortoise.


45 posted on 01/29/2012 12:23:56 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Eska
Minus 64??

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.

46 posted on 01/29/2012 1:45:01 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: Rannug
I apologize It should’ve been “redpolls”

I know my cattle...

47 posted on 01/29/2012 2:03:02 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: diogenes ghost

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.


48 posted on 01/29/2012 9:19:08 PM PST by Eska
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