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Snowy owl invasion of US extends to Florida Read more here:
miamiherald.com ^ | Sunday, 01.05.14

Posted on 01/05/2014 1:15:55 PM PST by BenLurkin

Park services specialist Peter Maholland says bird watchers have been flocking to northeast Florida to catch a glimpse of the white bird.... They are the largest North American owl, and they're typically found in Canada and the Arctic.

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: US: Florida
KEYWORDS: snowyowl

1 posted on 01/05/2014 1:15:55 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Hooo ?

Me n. m'whole family

Why ?

Too phuquin' cold in them places.

I dunno' ... gorebull warming, I'm told.

2 posted on 01/05/2014 1:18:21 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: BenLurkin

Had one visit us in Brevard County North Carolina last month.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 1:19:37 PM PST by rsobin
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To: rsobin

OOPS, make that Transylvania County in Brevard.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 1:21:27 PM PST by rsobin
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To: BenLurkin

Is this a snow bird joke Ben ?:o)

Florida and Arizona are packed with old retirees .....aka “snow birds”


5 posted on 01/05/2014 1:23:49 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: BenLurkin

6 posted on 01/05/2014 1:25:05 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Flycatcher

Birdie ping.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 1:28:44 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: BenLurkin

Bake at 350 for one hour with minced garlic.


8 posted on 01/05/2014 1:30:44 PM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: BenLurkin
Experts say snowy owls fly farther south when their population spikes or their food source becomes scarce.

Or as the icepack advances.

9 posted on 01/05/2014 1:32:34 PM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: rsobin
Looks like you are not the only person[did you report it?..]. Nice little crowd souring database out there.


10 posted on 01/05/2014 1:36:58 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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11 posted on 01/05/2014 1:41:30 PM PST by EEGator
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To: BenLurkin

Interesting. Back in October I saw a bald eagle near Fort Myers. Close up in the wild. Had about a 6 foot wingspan and was magnificent.


12 posted on 01/05/2014 1:46:56 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: Gamecock

Ssshhhhhh! Don’t let on. You’ll upset the Goreites.


13 posted on 01/05/2014 1:50:32 PM PST by Riflema
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To: rsobin

“Transylvania County in Brevard.

That is God’s Country there.

Specially up in the Pink Beds. The drive going up 276 to the parkway goes through some of the prettiest land on the planet.


14 posted on 01/05/2014 1:53:14 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: BenLurkin

I live near Jacksonville, FL, where this bird was spotted, and it’s been quite cold here...but it’s always cold in NE Florida. It goes down to freezing and below several days every winter, and it gets even colder inland. But it is never a sustained cold (more than a few days in a row, although it can come back a few days later). This is not unusual and hasn’t changed much.

So what is attracting these birds or driving them away from wherever they used to be? Birds, like all animals including humans, are opportunistic (meaning, they go where it’s best for them), so what is it that is bringing them here?


15 posted on 01/05/2014 1:56:26 PM PST by livius
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To: BenLurkin

Muggles beware.

16 posted on 01/05/2014 2:00:31 PM PST by bgill
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To: BenLurkin

Looks to me as if the snowy owls are being shooed out of their habitat by all those ice cutters and global warmists down further south.

They need pristine ice, i.e. old ice growth to cohabitate and reproduce.

I thought that’s what somebody told me.

Oh darn, that was a spotted owl. And it wasn’t old growth ice they needed. Just a K Mart sign.


17 posted on 01/05/2014 2:04:34 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Interesting. Back in October I saw a bald eagle near Fort Myers.

On several pheasant hunting trips to N.W. Kansas, we often flew into KC Missouri and drove cross state.

On those fall trips, we saw every imaginable U.S. raptor sitting on fence posts while driving cross state. Kansas is a migratory route for those birds........

18 posted on 01/05/2014 2:17:03 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: BenLurkin
They are the largest North American owl...

Hmm. I thought that was the Great Horned owl.

19 posted on 01/05/2014 2:31:12 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: bgill

Hide your kittehs.


20 posted on 01/05/2014 2:39:26 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: BenLurkin

Any of them named Hedwig?


21 posted on 01/05/2014 3:38:05 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: BenLurkin
Global warming is driving them north south.
22 posted on 01/05/2014 3:41:12 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: BenLurkin

Funny. Birds are a rather good indicator of weather ahead. This winter isn’t over yet...

When I see seagulls thirty miles inland, I take note of it. Generally inclement weather pops up in a day or so.


23 posted on 01/05/2014 3:44:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero!)
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To: Gamecock

So a bird thats conditioned for the cold goes to hot Florida to escape the cold?


24 posted on 01/06/2014 12:16:31 AM PST by chessplayer
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