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Posted: 06/21/20 06:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So are you wondering what is a "SONGBIRD"?

We all know and love our Snowbirds, who live manlily up North and begin a migration to the South about Memorial day May 5th and stay anywhere from 2-weeks to 6-Months each year. This is to enjoy a warmer-weather change after snowfalls have melted away.

Fewer in Numbers is the Songbirds which migrate North to escape the SUN, heat humidity, rainstorms, Hurrican season, for cooler temperatures.

The lines are not well defined, but each seems to enjoy their times away to collet thoughts and a smile before returning to the snow-packed days inside as the other prefers shorter winters.

So who are you? A Snowbird or Songbird? and have you changed your migration times over the last 10-years or so?

How many miles do you drive or fly for the special time away and what if anything would you change?

This total migration takes place from California to North Carolina is a long line. During the winter CA, AZ, NM, and parts of Texas will see an influx of RV'ers parking and RV Parks filling. Then States like Florida, Georgia, Alabama will see Condominiums and beach area homes traded for time away.

So do you drive or fly, bring your RV, or for a time trade your Home for a parked trailer?

Please I welcome your thoughts and ideas as you explore Drives and Dives and how this virus has upset the yearly migration and your life?


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Posted: 06/21/20 06:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're Songbirds and nest in the Phoenix area. Normal migration is 10,000 RV miles and we consume a lot of food ($) along the way.

Unfortunately our nest was attacked this spring and we're grounded for the summer. But fortunately the shields are up and keeping us safe.


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Posted: 06/21/20 06:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So pleased you can see the humor. I'm attracted to your MAPS and wondering if states filled in are States where you have stayed the night or past through?

Have a wonderful Father's day today as we hear from all our children today.

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Well, by your definition, I guess I'd be a snowbird. Beginning in 2018, we have spent 6 weeks in the springtime wandering around in the sunny, warmer southland. We were planning to do the same this year, and the various authorities cancelled us out. We have re-scheduled to late October/November.

But your definitions raise an interesting perspective. For years my parents, and now just my mom, spent their winters as snowbirds in FL. For the past several years it's been mid-October to late April in FL. But they returned "home" to New York for May through mid-October. So, by your definition they were BOTH snowbirds and songbirds. Right?

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We've stayed in those states but a few were just a overnight. All of those from Texas east were one trip in a 22' MH with 2 teens.

That includes the ferry trip to Newfoundland. And PEI which had no bridge at that time. Many memories - we lost our son on a White House tour as the Secret Service was showing him some of the secret passages. It was the kids (twins) 13th birthday. I'll bet they don't do that anymore.

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Posted: 06/21/20 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both depending on the season.
The fastest way to cool off is to gain elevation inside of driving north.

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People in Arizona told me they were Sandbirds. Since us snowbirds try to avoid the snow, the sand birds leave the sand. I guess you songbirds leave the songs behind. Being a musician, I always take the songs with me.

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Posted: 06/21/20 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't really migrate but I like to visit the snow when I can, escape the heat when I can.
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By the definitions you provide I guess we'd be classified as Snowbirds. However, the title we hear most often, and the one we most appreciate, is "Winter Texan". We arrive in the Texas Hill Country by November 1st and typically don't leave until around May 1st. When we attend our first church service upon arriving in Texas each year the pastor has always greeted us with, "Welcome home".


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Posted: 06/21/20 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Winters are for alpine skiing....let it snow! After skiing the plan was to take 6 weeks at the beach and skip "mud time" in Idaho - did not happen. I don't enjoy heat and humidity. Maybe next year we'll make it to Baja, HI, or S Carolina.

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