Waxwing Invasion Means Cold Winter

UPDATE: Edward has just notified me that the Telegraph report was written in 2008! Sorry about that. It got by me.

But hey, it goes to show that the waxwings were right! Winter 2008-2009 turned out to be a harsh one.

My excuse: I wrote the post late last night after having a little fine whiskey with a mate of mine. Surely you can excuse that.


The UK daily Telegraph has a piece on waxwing birds invading Britain, which means the winter may be a cold one. I wonder if Joe Bastardi takes such factors into account when formulating his seasonal forecasts.

H/T: NTZ reader: Edward.

In my last post I wrote about natural, “non-scientific” indicators for winter forecasting, which are often more accurate than models. The Telegraph piece is just another one to add to that list. So far I haven’t seen many signs that the coming winter will be warm, except that is for the worn out warnings propagated by the warmists and their goofy “models”.

The Telegraph writes:

The birds, from Scandinavia, have appeared all along the east coast of Scotland and England, and have been moving steadily south and west in search of food.

Gee, I thought global warming was supposed to force species further north, and not south. Actually, weren’t we told species were just too stupid to move, and would just die and become extinct. The Telegraph:

Although they are occasional visitors to the UK, the numbers this year are unusually high and have been classed as an “irruption”, to signify a large-scale arrival of a bird not normally found here.

It’s got to be climate change! Yeah, that’s it. Add waxwing birds to the list of things caused by global warming. I bet it aint on the list. Anyway:

Irruptions, or “invasions”, are prompted by failures of berry crops in Scandinavia.

Scandinavia did not have the warmest of summers this year, and light frosts have already hit the region. Good thing that birds are smart enough to adapt and move, and not stay stupid like warmists and just sit there, and rain-dance instead. And, says the Telegraph:

In the UK, large numbers have traditionally been linked to a cold, hard winter.

Another one! Man – I thought cold winters were suppose to be rare, and exciting.

All this of course is anecdotal, and it does not mean that the winter will be cold. It may be just another piece of evidence to support the claim the winter in Europe may be harsh.

And recently, another dodo-bird German scientist said that global warming will mean colder winters for Europe, and so maybe it will be a cold winter for sure. So if it’s cold out this winter – blame it on AGW.

Do read the Telegraph piece. It’s a good article for bird lovers (like my cat Hayli).

5 responses to “Waxwing Invasion Means Cold Winter”

  1. R. de Haan

    You’re sounding like a Mocking bird (lol)

  2. R. de Haan

    Another sign of a harsh winter (also in the UK) when Councils start to distribute shovels!

    Snow Business

  3. Edward.


    I should have pointed out PG, that, the article (in DT) is dated from 2008, my mistake – I should have made this clear in my previous piece- it was meant as a retrospective comment on the winter of 08/09, mea culpa.

    But I still aver, nature (fauna) can sense these things (cold winters) coming, how I don’t really know how but the ancients (no metoerologists and climatologists way back then) sensed and knew how to read the signs – it was in many cases a survival aid.

    Sincere and most humble apologies, it was not in any way – an attempt to mislead.


  4. R. de Haan

    So, no cold winter this year?

  5. R. de Haan

    Hot August, Cold October means Cold Winter
    Bastardi’s video message brings this thesis to the test.
    If true this means Western Europe will have a mild winter but Russia’s heat wave territory will have to cope with brutal cold.

    Joe has yet to make his final winter forecast expected at the end of this month.

    But don’t forget the (older) forecast from Joseph D’Aleo who promised us a very cold winter in Western Europe.

    Let’s wait and see.

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