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Third year in a row we have robins in our yard during the month of February in Northern Ohio. Obviously the temperatures where they are wintering has told them time to go north for spring. A sure sign of global warming. But this year........

we have record snowfall...70 inches for the year (most since 73 inches the blizzard of 78 season)in northern Ohio and about 24 inches still on the ground. Also, 5th coldest winter to boot. Big worry as there is no place for shelter for the robins with so much snow on the ground...they are huddling next to our house and freezing to death in the sub-zero nighttime temperatures. You don't have to go to Antarctica and see the Polar Bear environment changing to see global warming!

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  •  I'm In N Ohio and I've Heard Some (4+ / 0-)

    Thought I was nuts.

    I don't see how they can survive these protracted teens and continuing snowfall. We've got another dump in progress right now.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 06:38:54 PM PST

  •  Not just the robins (1+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn

    I live in Florida where the robins were here last week on their migration north. But the sandhill cranes are also heading north. These birds just won't listen to me when I tell them they are making a mistake. Wish I spoke "bird" a little better.

    It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. Mark Twain

    by lynneinfla on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:01:45 PM PST

  •  Time for action. (4+ / 0-)
    We Drew the Line before. Let's Drop a Line Now!

    Let's send a clarion call! No KXL

    A 30-day public comment period began on February 5, 2014 and will close on March 7, 2014. During this period, members of the public and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the national interest determination to . Comments are not private and will be made public.

    Comments may also be mailed directly to:

        U.S. Department of State
        Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
        Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
        2201 C Street, NW
        Washington, DC 20520

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:02:01 PM PST

  •  Tough to say. (3+ / 0-)

    As I understand it robins do migrate but they also hang around some as well.  So seeing robins in winter is not out of the norm - but in winter you will tend to see them in flocks as opposed to more spread out when they are in the breeding season due to their territorial nature.  In winter, those that don't leave typically head into woods.  You don't normally see them because they stick to roosting in the trees.

    We see them as harbingers of Spring because when they get going and when the ones that left come back they spread out again so that they are everywhere.

    "I'm not left wing because i'm ideological, or passionate, or angry. I'm left wing because I'm informed." - Mikesco

    by newfie on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:08:46 PM PST

    •  Yep, (3+ / 0-)

      Turns out that robins winter even up here in Minnesota. I wouldn't have believed it but a few years ago a friend took me on a snowshoe trek to a spot where they winter. Some kind of berry trees, junipers, and a small creek that stays open due to warm(ish) water flowing out of a swamp. We would see 50-100 robins at a time, swarming down to the creek for a drink.
      I saw about 20 yesterday in another spot about 40 miles away. Another friend pointed out this flock and told me they having been wintering there for the past few years.
      Not sure if this is in any way connected to climate change. They may have decided to stay up here after a decade of mild winters and now are sticking with their new plan no matter what….

      •  Robins in St Paul (2+ / 0-)
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        newfie, Andrew F Cockburn

        I had 9 robins on my bird bath last week inside St Paul city limits.  Glad to hear that is normal, they don't seem to eat at the feeder though.

        •  I don't think robins (1+ / 0-)
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          do seeds.  More of a berry and grub kinda bird I think.  Makes me think.  I had cleared out an area under some white pines that was harboring poison ivy and was generally becoming overgrown.  Maybe I can find some shrubs that will grow winter berries and put them there.  

          "I'm not left wing because i'm ideological, or passionate, or angry. I'm left wing because I'm informed." - Mikesco

          by newfie on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 08:11:28 PM PST

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        •  As the northern reaches (0+ / 0-)

          of the North American Continent get warmer winters - the Robins and similar species delay migration.  These patterns may be evidence of a climate change but the birds only know two things - flee extreme weather and find a good food supply.  

          When the flocks of Robins and others of the thrush family migrate through western Louisiana they will seldom feed on our feeders.  They root through the layers of fallen leaves for insects.  It is a pleasure to watch them.  The leaves seem to be alive as they burrow into them.  I have broken the ice on the bird baths and seen them gleefully immerse themselves and splash in the icy water.  They are some tough animals.

          Those who think they KNOW EVERYTHING really piss off those of us who DO.

          by olegar on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:56:00 AM PST

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  •  bird houses? (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn, praenomen

    maybe a neighborhood program to make birdhouses???  would be a good exercise to help raise awareness for global warming.  

    •  The robins wouldn't use them. (2+ / 0-)
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      Gooserock, Andrew F Cockburn

      They are just doing what they normally do in winter.  Some head south, some stay.  Those that stay gather in flocks and head to the woods.  When Spring arrives they spread out and establish their territories.

      "I'm not left wing because i'm ideological, or passionate, or angry. I'm left wing because I'm informed." - Mikesco

      by newfie on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:47:45 PM PST

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    •  Oh and (1+ / 0-)
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      Andrew F Cockburn

      it is a good idea to clean out or put out bird houses in winter for the winter birds.

      "I'm not left wing because i'm ideological, or passionate, or angry. I'm left wing because I'm informed." - Mikesco

      by newfie on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 08:05:38 PM PST

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    Fudging numbers and using the blonde bimbos to continue FOXX NUZZ Fraud! FOXX NUZZ believes the stupids are just as numb as the presenters flooded in heavy study lights brcause Ruepert can't get enough with his hidden cameras in the restrooms! Thousands are laughing and all his wives have told him too! After all, Karl Roven had assured him Romney would win in a landslide of 1,000 Electoral Votes! Call 1,000 voters to get 120% as only FOXX NUZZ will do and has done before!

  •  I haven't seen any robins here in Morgantown. (0+ / 0-)

    But the bird activity has picked up the last few weeks. We are getting cardinals and blue jays to go with the sparrows and doves that stick around all winter.

    My wife says that the most important thing is for them to have (liquid) water, so we have a heated bird bath in the back yard. With a foot of snow on the ground all month they also appreciate the feeders. It's been hard to forage this year. I would even tolerate squirrels when it is this bad, but they are either still hibernating or stole enough in the fall that they don't need to visit.

  •  I had a group of 7 here in Michigan (0+ / 0-)

    more than a week ago at our heated bird bath. We put strawberries out for them and now have freeze dried meal worms in case they come back. I don't know what happened to them but I haven't found any dead ones.

    We had them last year too while there was still snow but not this early and the snow wasn't as deep as it is this year.

  •  Kerry flip flop on Keystone XL (0+ / 0-)

    Seal his   political faith of ever getting the Democratic nomination for President in 2016

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