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5 hours ago, Kevin said:

All this talk of shoveling snow reminds me...The local hardware store got a little ambitious this fall and got "snow pushers". It snows like once every five years. Like you look outside and go, I think it snowed, or is that just frost?

I see that here.  Any mention of the white stuff and the Big Boxes bring shovels in overnight and put them right up front.  If we get more than what you can clear with a push broom, the roads probably aren't clear for you to be out anyway. 

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6 hours ago, SirVive said:

It's 15F and a few inches of snow/freezing rain on the ground  ... and the local small town cops were out in downtown dealing with a streaker ? 🤔🫢

"...And the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity."

Original opening to WKRP in Cincinnati

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Look, we don't have real long hard winters down here but this is warm even by our standards. Low 90s everyday, the diehard swimmers like my self have started swimming. 

This is February! 

Just looked it's supposed to be 96 tomorrow. 

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27 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Look, we don't have real long hard winters down here but this is warm even by our standards. Low 90s everyday, the diehard swimmers like my self have started swimming. 

This is February! 

Just looked it's supposed to be 96 tomorrow. 

Not quite that bad here in North Texas. May be 90 tomorrow. Thursday and Friday back in the 50's. 

I'm very unhappy about it. I cannot take the heat and this is supposed to be the already too short part of the year when I'm not suffering.

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It's fine with me that here in northern Vermont we aren't having the temperatures that some of you are reporting, but I will note that this morning the weather guy announced that it's been 365 days since we've had a temperature below 0 (f) (not sure if that's happened before), and last night they said that snowfall this winter is 26 inches below normal.  Both plants and animals suffer from lack of snow cover on the ground.

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On 2/26/2024 at 8:03 AM, JP48 said:

It's fine with me that here in northern Vermont we aren't having the temperatures that some of you are reporting, but I will note that this morning the weather guy announced that it's been 365 days since we've had a temperature below 0 (f) (not sure if that's happened before), and last night they said that snowfall this winter is 26 inches below normal.  Both plants and animals suffer from lack of snow cover on the ground.

It's been pretty depressing to see how little snow we've gotten these past few winters. My family has already started tapping trees.

Have you gone for the Northern-Hawk Owl in New Hampshire? Not sure how close to the border you are, but I've been very jealous of those who have gone to see it. 

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6 hours ago, Avery said:

 

Have you gone for the Northern-Hawk Owl in New Hampshire? Not sure how close to the border you are, but I've been very jealous of those who have gone to see it. 

I'm only a few miles from Lake Champlain, so not too near New Hampshire.  Didn't even know about the Hawk Owl until this morning.  In any case, I chased (and spotted) one of those several years ago near Stowe (your back yard?) when I lived in the southern part of the state, so not so big a deal for me.

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There has been a Yellow-billed Loon hanging out at the Fountains of Bellagio (some example checklists for anyone reading this in the future). I didn't really want to go out this weekend due to the incredible amounts of wind, and going to the Strip is already a bit of a nightmare in terms of parking, without mentioning walking through a casino and busy sidewalks with that camera and big lens. Lots of other birders have done it, though. The comments in one of the checklists even mentions the high winds being advantageous due to shutting off the fountains.

I would love to get a bird that far from its native range, though.

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5 hours ago, Zoroark said:

There has been a Yellow-billed Loon hanging out at the Fountains of Bellagio (some example checklists for anyone reading this in the future). I didn't really want to go out this weekend due to the incredible amounts of wind, and going to the Strip is already a bit of a nightmare in terms of parking, without mentioning walking through a casino and busy sidewalks with that camera and big lens. Lots of other birders have done it, though. The comments in one of the checklists even mentions the high winds being advantageous due to shutting off the fountains.

I would love to get a bird that far from its native range, though.

That’s wild. Are there even fish in there?!

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12 hours ago, Zoroark said:

There has been a Yellow-billed Loon hanging out at the Fountains of Bellagio (some example checklists for anyone reading this in the future). I didn't really want to go out this weekend due to the incredible amounts of wind, and going to the Strip is already a bit of a nightmare in terms of parking, without mentioning walking through a casino and busy sidewalks with that camera and big lens. Lots of other birders have done it, though. The comments in one of the checklists even mentions the high winds being advantageous due to shutting off the fountains.

I would love to get a bird that far from its native range, though.

It doesn't look particularly healthy.  All the people coming to see it probably isn't helping.  I hope it will be okay.

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3 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It doesn't look particularly healthy.  All the people coming to see it probably isn't helping.  I hope it will be okay.

That Groove-billed Ani that was here a few months ago similarly acted unusual. It was frequently on the ground and got flustered easily, until its (NSFW) »mutilated corpse was found, suggesting predation by a Cooper's Hawk«.

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14 hours ago, Zoroark said:

There has been a Yellow-billed Loon hanging out at the Fountains of Bellagio (some example checklists for anyone reading this in the future). I didn't really want to go out this weekend due to the incredible amounts of wind, and going to the Strip is already a bit of a nightmare in terms of parking, without mentioning walking through a casino and busy sidewalks with that camera and big lens. Lots of other birders have done it, though. The comments in one of the checklists even mentions the high winds being advantageous due to shutting off the fountains.

I would love to get a bird that far from its native range, though.

I hope you get to see it!

In 2004 there was a wintering Yellow-billed Loon in Fayette County, Georgia, present from the end of 2003. Because of its continuing presence, my wife and I altered our long weekend/short week trip plans to drive from DC to the Charleston SC area to accommodate a side excursion to Lake Horton for the loon. Soon enough though, we decided to make the loon be the centerpiece of a long week (2 full weekends plus the in-between Mon-Fri) driving trip to Miami FL! We saw the loon on the second morning (Sunday), stopping at Lake Horton for a while before heading to central Florida to look for Florida Jays.

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5 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

I hope you get to see it!

In 2004 there was a wintering Yellow-billed Loon in Fayette County, Georgia, present from the end of 2003. Because of its continuing presence, my wife and I altered our long weekend/short week trip plans to drive from DC to the Charleston SC area to accommodate a side excursion to Lake Horton for the loon. Soon enough though, we decided to make the loon be the centerpiece of a long week (2 full weekends plus the in-between Mon-Fri) driving trip to Miami FL! We saw the loon on the second morning (Sunday), stopping at Lake Horton for a while before heading to central Florida to look for Florida Jays.

I meant to add that my wife and I still haven't been to Charleston together. She's stayed in Charleston twice since 2004 because of food. I drove through Charleston a year after the loon, on the way to a family thing further down the coast (and after seeing some overwintering lifer Thick-billed Murres at Huntington Beach State Park up the coast from Charleston).

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50 minutes ago, Peromyscus said:

I meant to add that my wife and I still haven't been to Charleston together. She's stayed in Charleston twice since 2004 because of food. I drove through Charleston a year after the loon, on the way to a family thing further down the coast (and after seeing some overwintering lifer Thick-billed Murres at Huntington Beach State Park up the coast from Charleston).

Yeah, you can eat big in Charleston, especially seafood.  While there's great birding around there, Huntington is the best birding for dozens or even hundreds of miles north or south!

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21 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Yeah, you can eat big in Charleston, especially seafood.  While there's great birding around there, Huntington is the best birding for dozens or even hundreds of miles north or south!

She went for the shrimp and grits.

And good to know about Huntington. I want to go back there some day.

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On 3/4/2024 at 10:56 AM, Zoroark said:

Nope. I'm pretty sure it's chlorinated, too.

The poor young loon was still there this morning :classic_sad:. I hope someone can capture it and remove it (and give it food too).

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/06/rare-bird-vegas-bellagio-fountain

Good news: The Nevada Department of Wildlife captured the bird yesterday morning and brought it somewhere safe:

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But later on Wednesday, wildlife biologists captured the yellow-billed loon and relocated it unharmed. Officials with the Nevada department of wildlife say the bird was taken to an unspecified remote location on Wednesday, where they expect it soon to resume its migratory trek north.

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