What exactly is a snow bird anyway?

US Wealth Napolitano |

By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST


In New England, most people hear Snow Bird and they immediately think of someone who beat feet to a warmer climate during the winter months. And that makes

sense. I estimate that about 40% of our clients spend at least a month or more in places like Florida or Arizona. Pre-Covid, Alex and I would saunter down for a week or so to visit these clients and socialize without the down vests. I look forward to adding this repertoire back to our calendars for the winter of 2022.

This year, however, with both vaccine doses flowing through my veins, I came to FL with my wife Joan for what may be called a 60% work and 40% R&R vacation. I won’t get into the details as I don’t want to rub it in, but suffice it to say that my new snow blower is still looking pretty new with only one use before we came south and I’m on my second bottle of SPF-50 sunblock.

There actually is a bird, a legitimate feathered critter whose nickname is the Snow Bird.  That bird is called a Dark-eyed Junco. There are 5 different species of Junco’s, and they all prefer to live in forested areas. Their name comes from the fact that they can thrive in cold weather and evidently don’t mind the snow even though most do migrate south for a few months. This bird actually does their migration work at night, kind of like a cruise ship moving from destination to destination. While they can fly, this Sparrow like bird is frequently seen hopping around on the ground through forests and thick brush. Some actually build their nests on the ground with hidden entrances or burrow in bales of hay for protection.

In the meantime, have a fun and safe St. Paddy’s day.  There won’t be any parades to go to, but there is plenty of green dye at the supermarket if you’re into tinting your beer. I wonder if that would work in a Martini?