Sunday, December 8, 2013


WHAT DID THE WHISTLING DUCK KNOW?

This is my third Fall/Winter in the house. Every year during September/October these ducks show up and starting around 6 p.m. start to collect on the roofs of my home and others. They typically stay until March. I've grown accustomed to taking their feathers out of my pool. This year they came for 24 hours in late August and left. I have not seen them since. This morning when I woke up and saw on my computer screen 37 with snow and sleet, I am thinking what did the ducks know about our coming weather. I think it was  8-9 years ago when we had snow on Christmas Eve. It was the first time in 100 years. For this to happen there has to be a specific event in the upper atmosphere which happens about once every 100 years.

Now before I have some idiot post a comment that the weather proves there is no global warming let me explain the science for the Republicans. I know of no science foundation denying global warming. It is a natural process of the earth. It has been happening for billions of years. Oh, that's right the Republicans believe earth is only 6-10,000 years old.

The debate is not about whether there is global warming - the debate is as to the cause. 

How global warming works - the melting ice is cooling the gulf stream which will make areas whose weather is governed by the gulf stream colder.  Did you notice no hurricane season this past season.  The UK should be frozen year round like Alaska but it is not because of the gulf stream.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck knew that your neighbor was no longer feeding it so it quit coming around. I know your neighborhood. It has plenty of Whistling Ducks in the areas where they are fed. These ducks are resident in this area and they do not migrate though they do move around within their range as some food sources become available and others dry up. For some years now they have been expanding their range, moving north and east. This may be related to climate change but no one can say for sure but the ducks and they haven't mentioned it yet that I know of.

Anonymous said...


Also, birds have no long range weather detection ability. If they did hundreds of thousands of migrating birds would not drown in the Gulf of Mexico every spring during migration as they try to cross the from the Yucatan to Louisiana and adjacent states and run into undetected northers. They become exhausted flying against the unexpected headwinds and fall into the Gulf. However, they no doubt detect long term changes in their environment such as global temperature change and these influence expansion or contraction of their range along with many other factors such as availability of food, water and suitable habitat.