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1North American informal A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.‘at the peak of the tourist season the hotel hosted an additional three hundred snowbirds and backpackers’
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- ‘It sits atop an emerging category of RVs that appeal to urbanites who are far more design-conscious than the senior snowbirds driving big white boxes from hookup to hookup.’
- ‘San Augustine is popular with snowbirds and retirees.’
- ‘They're not necessarily resort communities, you know, some snowbirds go down there and there's long time residents live down there.’
- ‘Sue all Northern Yankee States for forcing snowbirds to leave by criminal tacit encouragement of bad weather.’
- ‘I had an eight-month contract that would get to the winter months, and I would head to Arizona, just like the snowbirds, and work on a couple of courses down there, doing mostly irrigation work for four months out of the year.’
- ‘And if a good beer can't be found, a tequila will do in this town filled with snowbirds, University of Arizona students and tourists.’
- ‘The variety is clearly aimed at family vacationers and snowbirds who can afford a winter residence in the Sunshine State.’
- ‘There's snowbirds coming from Canada and Washington, they're stopping in, picking up cheese and taking it down to Phoenix and Southern California.’
- ‘Yet the retirees and snowbirds who loyally filled the condos during Palm Springs' downturn in the 1980s and early '90s are still there.’
- ‘That would allow snowbirds and Southeastern race fans to spend three weeks in Florida, migrating from one track to the other.’
- ‘This snowbird will be happy only if their appearance includes sufficient snowfall this winter to make for plenty of happy cross country ski outings.’
- ‘Locations will be by no coincidence in the same regions where the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau beams a good share of its advertising - to the snowbirds in the Midwest.’
- ‘Also, if you are a snowbird and live for 6 months in the North and 6 months in Florida where you own or rent a house or condo, register in Florida.’
- ‘Destin, located in the panhandle region, has become a prime landing strip for snowbirds who would rather gaze at blue water and white sand than gray buildings and freeways.’
- ‘The phrase ‘Québécois at the beach’ usually conjures up images of Quebec's snowbirds escaping winter for Florida's sunny shores.’
- ‘For that reason, cremation is very popular in markets across Arizona and Florida, home to many snowbirds and transplanted retirees, as shown in the above map.’
- ‘We became acclimated to ‘dry heat’ and discovered why so many snowbirds return to the area for its unique beauty, year after year.’
- ‘Beware of snowbirds: Beginning Oct. 31, Canadian discounter CanJet will add a Sunday-only non-stop flight between Orlando and Halifax, Nova Scotia.’
- ‘There she reportedly sells time-share accommodation to so-called ageing snowbirds who migrate south for the winter.’
- ‘Many of them are, you know, year-round residents, many snowbirds, and the majority of whom are older citizens, correct?’
2A widespread and variable junco with gray or brown upper parts and a white belly.
Junco hyemalis, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae). Alternative names: northern junco, dark-eyed junco, slate-colored junco
- ‘Dominant dark-eyed juncos also obtained more food than subordinate juncos when food was clumped and the same amount of food when food was dispersed.’
- ‘On days with fresh snowfall, GC concentrations were higher in dark-eyed juncos than on days without fresh snow and fat reserves increased after these snows.’
- ‘Response to the predator model was compared to a control model of the largely granivorous bird, the dark-eyed junco, which represents no predation threat.’
- ‘Similarly, in male and female dark-eyed juncos, dominance was related to prior residency.’
- ‘We studied a captive population of dark-eyed juncos in a simulated intruder situation.’
- 2.1 The snow bunting.
- ‘All too soon, Johnny's cutting zigzags across trapping lines and frozen inlets, listening to snowbirds whistle and the dogs pant.’
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