Skip to comments.The Birds are Coming
Posted on 12/17/2010 6:33:21 AM PST by eastforker
I don't ever remember seing this many birds in one place at the same time.After shooting these pics, another wave just as big came through.
Probably not, but they look like migrating Robins.
It was really wierd, I saw them out of the south window comingover the trees at first,they actually blocked the light coming in the window, then they all settled here on the west side of the house.These stayed about a minute and then another wave just as big came in from the same direction.
Union meeting ??
They’re Starlings. The color of the beaks change between summer and winter. They normally flock this time of year, are quite gregarious and can de-fruit a pear or cherry tree in about 30 seconds. Voracious. Not a bad bird though.
I don’t think they are Robins. Anybody know what kind of bird they are? They all seem to be the same. There must have been a nice supply of food on the ground to attract such a large flock in a concentrated area.
My thought also them being starlings.
What kind of camera do you have? Those are some pretty fantastic photos to have been taken at 12:34 AM.
No food supply, just brown grass.I think they just needed an open place to set down and rest a minute or two.
No, just an idiot that doesn’t know how to set the damn thing.
After robins, that was my guess. I see grackles constantly in texas. Those aren’t grackles because the tails aren’t nearly long enough for any males in the bunch.
LOL! I’m just pulling your chain—it took me over a year to get the clock set right on the last camera I bought...
Starlings are filthy birds. They are always building nests in the soffet of our home not matter what we do...what a mess!
The birds! The birds! Quick, board up the windows and bar the doors! You are so doomed, Tippi.
Yes we get those migrating Starlings here in Atlanta also although I don’t recall seeing that many at a time. they come through the yard and literally clean out everything.
“High Anxiety.....you win.......”
Those look like starlings to me. A flock about that big has a winter roosting site at the end of our street in a big cottonwood tree. You should hear the dawn chorus. It’s amazing !
About 5 years or so ago I had found a waterbird dead by the electric fence, thought it got hung up or something and was killed. I picked it up and thew it in the garbage. In less than a week I came down with the damn west nile virus.
Must be a shot of the House of Representatives. Too damned many to be the senate.
Nevertheless, both houses are larded with bird-brains.
Really- just by touching it ? That’s scary. Did you recover from it ok ? I know it can be bad in certain people. There was a guy around here who got it river rafting- he ended up paralyzed. He was a young man,too.
It had me down bad for about three weeks or so.Eventualy got over it.
Are they tired Starlings?
Last year in Springfield, MO I saw a flock of whooping cranes flying south. Take that pattern, shrink the numbers, but enlarge the birds and picture it in slow motion. The absolute most amazingly beautiful display of flying I have EVER seen. Magnificent. I even had my free 2 meg kodak camera with me, but the 20 second videos didn’t do them justice. (Well, it was equal to a slow motion landing of a jet at an air show.)
These birds look like Grackles. If they are spotted they are starlings, if luminescent blue/black, Grackles. They are hilarious to watch. As they walk they pick up a leaf, throw it, and look for bugs.
I once saw about 50-100 mourning doves in a couple of trees. THAT was weird.
“Clariiisss, I can smell your...birds nest”
I say "almost" because sometimes rusty blackbirds flock in winter (as do Brewer's).
However, rusty blackbirds are somewhat rare and prefer swampy areas in winter. Brewer's congregate in huge numbers in open areas.
My last post was went for eastforker, not you.
So it would be best for all if you didn't read it.
They’re just resting!
Up here in SD, we get invaded by the migration every spring and they are noisy, annoying & leave a disgusting mess everywhere. They dive bomb the dogs as well as us when we walk across the yard as the grain bin is between our house & the shop so I keep a rolled up newspaper on the deck and bang it against the deck cover post(sounds like a gun shot) to scare them off to the next door neighbors grove(1/4 mile away).
But you also have lark buntings in summer, so that's a nice plus...
we also have the starlings and they are much worse than the blackbirds even though they are quite smaller. They move in, in the spring and don’t leave until fall and try to nest everywhere, especially in the gazebo above the hot tub & under the deck cover by the front door. Nasty little creatures and nothing we have tried thus far hinders them.
Could be African Swallows...generally non migratory though.
Mullet schooling off my deck on Padre Island, Texas.
Amazing how blue the water is so close to shore at PI compared to the upper Texas coast. I know you got deep water within a 20 minute ride.
I love my mourning doves.
Much as I hate to say it...a BB gun works great! The coyotes clean up the carcasses.
What is their air-speed velocity?
I wonder if they were actually sandhill cranes- they are pretty similiar,make practically the same noise and their numbers have increased a lot, while I think that the whooping cranes haven't.
Sandhill cranes winter in southern Colorado and flocks of them fly right over our house in the fall. It's almost prehistoric- they make an unreal whooping sound, and they have to wait until it warms up to take off because they are so big.
Pillut48 is right. I’ve been there, done that, many years ago. If you look closely, you’ll see it’s a mix of long, and short tail birds. The long shiny ones are grackles, and the short tail speckled dull ones are starlings. We just called them all blackbirds. (or English blackbirds - we understood one of the species had been imported for pest control, and multiplied because they had no natural enemies here)
Back in the mid/late 70’s they were a PLAGUE in West Tennessee. There were MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of them, descending on farmers’ fields and roosting in groves of trees. With that many roosting in the trees, the bird poop would kill all the trees, and pile up on the ground, making it risky for people to go in the area, for fear of contracting histoplasmosis - a NASTY disease.
In these large flocks, they are also a threat to aviation.
My cousin and I once stood in his yard as a huge flock, flying a hundred or so abreast flew by. It took them about 15 minutes for the entire flock to go past. It was absolutely jaw-dropping.
We had people all over devising schemes to kill thousands at a time. One of the best schemes was to fly a crop-duster over the roosting sites on a cold night with some type of chemical that would dry out the oil in their feathers, keeping them from shedding water. Then, if there was a fog, mist, or rain any time soon, the birds would get wet to the skin and freeze to death. It took YEARS to reduce the population, and now they seem to be on the rise again.
Me? When they landed in my backyard, I’d go out the front door with my shotgun and sneak around the house and pull the trigger. Never failed to get less than 3 birds, they were so thick. They finally stopped landing in our yard.
Be careful. They are dirty, nasty disease carriers.
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