Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Birds!



Like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie they came. Our house and community were surrounded. Hundreds or thousands, I could not possibly count them all. These small black birds flew in mass formations like blackened thunderclouds about to burst.


(Use the player to hear the actual birds. It's a little soft so you may have to turn your volume up.)


They landed in search of food, feasting on whatever they could find. These birds did not appear picky.




The flock lighted in the trees scouring the surrounding hillside for any possible form of nourishment.


They moved from tree to tree as a great black wave. One could only watch as they flew praying that they would fly away to another place far from here. One thing is for sure...



I'm glad I didn't wash my car!

10 comments :

  1. They are pesky birds, they seem to prefer heavier coverage to 'hang out' in all the time...I see them in magnolias...

    Loved the bird sounds!

    Gail

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  2. We have had the flocks of black birds as well. The odd time I'm glad to see them as they devour all the seed that has fallen to the ground and clean up the lawn for me. But most time I don't like them in the garden.

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  3. We've had them in massive numbers here too. It really is amazing to see that many at one time swooping in and out.

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  4. i heard the sound bite perfectly. it is nice to see the birds migrating and it was good you did not wash the car!

    can you change my blog link in your sidebar to: http://tinaramsey.blogspot.com/
    i don't have an account at the leaf's website anymore and am trying to get the new link changed everywhere. boy does it take time. i just noticed yours is the old one. thanks!

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  5. Wow .. it makes me a little nervous when they are in large groups .. I guess I haven't gotten over "The Birds" Hitchcock movie YET ! haha
    Joy

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  6. They surely do evoke images of "The Birds"!

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  7. They just swooped around all day. It was a little on the creepy side. What is interesting is how they all fly together at the same time like a unit. It's almost as if they share the same mind or have some sort of hierarchy in the flock.

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  8. Your birds are grackles. Here is a link to a closer photo from my website: www.easttennesseewildflowers.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=birds&id=Copy_of_Grackle5
    I have a lot more than just wildflowers on the site. These birds look especially lovely when the sun shines on their black feathers and refracts into many colors. Thanks for your great site!

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  9. Kris, thanks for coming by! I think the grackles came for my neighbors yard. He just planted grass seed, unfortunately he might not see much come up, thanks to the grackles. They might be nice birds to have around if there were only one or two!

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  10. kris, very nice picture of the grackle.

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