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The Birds are Coming
thebackyard ^ | 12/17/2010 | eastforker

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.


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1 posted on 12/17/2010 6:33:24 AM PST by eastforker
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2 posted on 12/17/2010 6:36:38 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: eastforker
Dude, free the love birds. Quick!

/johnny

3 posted on 12/17/2010 6:36:54 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: eastforker

Probably not, but they look like migrating Robins.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 6:39:49 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

5 posted on 12/17/2010 6:40:14 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


6 posted on 12/17/2010 6:40:14 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: eastforker

Union meeting ??


7 posted on 12/17/2010 6:40:38 AM PST by lonerepubinma
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


8 posted on 12/17/2010 6:41:38 AM PST by Doc Savage (Stay Thirsty My Friend!!)
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To: BradyLS

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.


9 posted on 12/17/2010 6:44:20 AM PST by iontheball
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To: Doc Savage

My thought also them being starlings.


10 posted on 12/17/2010 6:45:40 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: iontheball

Common Grackles


11 posted on 12/17/2010 6:47:16 AM PST by woofer
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To: eastforker

What kind of camera do you have? Those are some pretty fantastic photos to have been taken at 12:34 AM.


12 posted on 12/17/2010 6:47:36 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: iontheball

No food supply, just brown grass.I think they just needed an open place to set down and rest a minute or two.


13 posted on 12/17/2010 6:47:53 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: basil

No, just an idiot that doesn’t know how to set the damn thing.


14 posted on 12/17/2010 6:48:51 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: eastforker
We get those guys around our house doing that in the fall. First time I saw it freaked me out a bit. I don't know much about birds but the ones around here are definitely after bugs.
15 posted on 12/17/2010 6:50:27 AM PST by ladyvet
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To: eastforker

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.


16 posted on 12/17/2010 6:51:34 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: eastforker

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...


17 posted on 12/17/2010 6:51:46 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: ClearCase_guy
wow, it is really bright at your house at 12:34am!
18 posted on 12/17/2010 6:54:39 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: Doc Savage

Starlings are filthy birds. They are always building nests in the soffet of our home not matter what we do...what a mess!


19 posted on 12/17/2010 6:57:56 AM PST by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: eastforker
Swarms of birds can create some fantastic patterns...


20 posted on 12/17/2010 7:00:03 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: eastforker

The birds! The birds! Quick, board up the windows and bar the doors! You are so doomed, Tippi.


21 posted on 12/17/2010 7:00:59 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Doc Savage

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.


22 posted on 12/17/2010 7:03:43 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Daffynition

Murmuration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vhE8ScWe7w


23 posted on 12/17/2010 7:04:59 AM PST by seton89 (No taxpayers were harmed in the making of Fords)
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To: dfwgator

“High Anxiety.....you win.......”


24 posted on 12/17/2010 7:05:04 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: eastforker

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 !


25 posted on 12/17/2010 7:09:19 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: eastforker
I have seen huge flocks of birds on our ranch in Brazoria County like that, we called them Rice birds. Not sure if that is their actual name according to the bird book.
26 posted on 12/17/2010 7:11:05 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Red Boots

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.


27 posted on 12/17/2010 7:13:22 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: eastforker

Must be a shot of the House of Representatives. Too damned many to be the senate.

Nevertheless, both houses are larded with bird-brains.


28 posted on 12/17/2010 7:13:50 AM PST by IbJensen ("How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think"-A. Hitler)
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To: eastforker
In Central Texas we have Grackles.

29 posted on 12/17/2010 7:19:45 AM PST by evets (beer)
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To: eastforker

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.


30 posted on 12/17/2010 7:25:49 AM PST by Red Boots
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It had me down bad for about three weeks or so.Eventualy got over it.


31 posted on 12/17/2010 7:28:31 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: Doc Savage
They’re Starlings

Are they tired Starlings?

32 posted on 12/17/2010 7:29:43 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: Daffynition

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.


33 posted on 12/17/2010 7:31:18 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: dfwgator

“Clariiisss, I can smell your...birds nest”


34 posted on 12/17/2010 7:39:58 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The tail is too long for starlings. They're almost certainly Brewer's blackbirds.

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.

35 posted on 12/17/2010 7:40:28 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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Oops.

My last post was went for eastforker, not you.

So it would be best for all if you didn't read it.

lol

36 posted on 12/17/2010 7:43:50 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: eastforker; All

They’re just resting!


37 posted on 12/17/2010 7:44:18 AM PST by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: Flycatcher
I agree, definitely not startlings and more than likely blackbirds.

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).

38 posted on 12/17/2010 7:53:46 AM PST by patlin (Ignorance is Bliss for those who choose to wear rose colored glasses)
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Up where you live in South Dakota, you would have both species of Euphagus blackbirds (Brewer's and rusty) pass through. They're kind of tough to tell apart except in winter, when the rusty blackbirds really do turn a neat shade of "rust."

But you also have lark buntings in summer, so that's a nice plus...

39 posted on 12/17/2010 8:02:39 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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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.


40 posted on 12/17/2010 8:20:50 AM PST by patlin (Ignorance is Bliss for those who choose to wear rose colored glasses)
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Could be African Swallows...generally non migratory though.


41 posted on 12/17/2010 8:40:41 AM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: eastforker
Here's a bunch of fish...

Mullet schooling off my deck on Padre Island, Texas.


42 posted on 12/17/2010 8:53:30 AM PST by Chasaway (Tonto: "What do you mean "We", White Man?")
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To: Chasaway

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.


43 posted on 12/17/2010 8:58:22 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: seton89
Lovely! Thanks for the link.


44 posted on 12/17/2010 9:15:01 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: huldah1776

I love my mourning doves.

45 posted on 12/17/2010 9:27:32 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: patlin

Much as I hate to say it...a BB gun works great! The coyotes clean up the carcasses.


46 posted on 12/17/2010 9:32:38 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: DJlaysitup
Could be African Swallows...generally non migratory though.

What is their air-speed velocity?

47 posted on 12/17/2010 9:38:26 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: huldah1776
Last year in Springfield, MO I saw a flock of whooping cranes flying south

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.

48 posted on 12/17/2010 10:17:12 AM PST by Red Boots
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Oh, that's a lot but nothing like here in the northern DFW area in the fall when huge hoards (?) of grackles (really noisy black birds) show up when they are migrating and hang around for a few weeks--one of their favorite places is near shopping areas--we have gone into a restaurant and literally come out to find our brown van COMPLETELY covered in bird crap after parking under a crackle filled tree (one and only time we did that, but it was the only place to park)--wish I'd taken pictures but we were afraid it would damage the paint and immediately took the van to wash it--sometimes when we are at McD's in this area you can look out the windows of the play area and see the grassy space next to the access road all black with no green showing--while EVERY phone line, electrical line, tall signs, etc. are maxed out with birds sitting across them--hundreds and hundreds of birds. Sometimes it is so noisy you have to shout at others so they can hear you!! I always tell my daughter it is like the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds" only worse! I am very careful to keep our windows up when we are at the intersections where there's boatloads of grackles--it's never happened, but I sure don't want any flying into the van! It's also fascinating to watch them arise from a field or parking lot en masse, wheeling around in the sky like a huge black cloud of bees, before they stop and settle again back in the grass or the parking lots or on the phone lines, etc. Sometimes they stare right at you silently and that's kind of creepy too! < shudders >

Here's a website where someone has videotaped a herd (?) of grackles gibbering to each other--in real life they are really much louder than that when there is a really large group of them! Again, creepy! Grackles making a lot of noise
49 posted on 12/17/2010 10:37:00 AM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: eastforker; pillut48

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.


50 posted on 12/17/2010 11:12:28 AM PST by HeadOn (God Bless you and your family this Christmas.)
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