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Re: White Christmas
  • Subject: Re: White Christmas
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:16:45 -0600

We had a true white Christmas. Started snowing on the 24th and by the time it ended Christmas morning, there was 4 inches on the ground. We get orioles up here in the summer, though they mostly confine themselves to the woods. Perhaps the one you saw was simply late to start migrating, and was passing through your yard.
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 27, 2010, at 9:07 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

It's two days late for a real White Christmas (thank goodness, who wants
to shovel snow on Christmas morning) but it's a picture-book one this
morning.  We must have about nine inches, though it's hard to tell
because it has been so windy and drifted in great heaps.

One stunning, and surprising sight was an oriole that came to the
feeder, and then hopped around on the show in the breezeway.  He
has been here for a few days now.  Any bird specialists our there?
We used to have orioles years ago - I used to hang pieces of colored
yarn on the shrubbery and watch orioles collect them for nest- building.
The male would sit nearby and chatter at the female to tell her which
pieces to take and what to do with them.  But in the past ten years
or so, I haven't seen them in the summertime. Last year one came
to the feeder a few times - I thought he was just lost, perhaps.  But
again this one is coming to the feeder.  Have they changed their
migration patterns due to global warming?  If so, I'm afraid they have
been premature - it has been an unusually cold December here - they
say 10 degrees below normal for the period.


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