Friday, September 20, 2013

Mass migration

I know I now live in one of the major migration flyways. I know I'm not too far from where the whooping cranes come through on their way to Florida (I have got to see that, one of these years.) But knowing and getting distracted on the way to work by thousands of small birds rising in a cloud like candle smoke in a breeze, like sparks when a fresh log is thrown on the bonfire... wow. There's something quite comical about watching a thousand birds all try to land on the same stretch of telephone wire... I'm really surprised there weren't a lot of mid-air collisions and fallout of feathers. Nobody got into a tailspin, or crashed. Born flyers, that lot!

5 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

Watching the thousands (millions) of starlings that swarm eastern Missouri, I could never figure out how they avoided collisions. Still can't ... if you do, please tell us!

Old NFO said...

Heh, except for the one hanging upside down... :-)

DaddyBear said...

I have spent many moments in my life watching thousands of small birds fly together. And yes, it always looks like smoke to me too.

Brigid said...

If you had a bunch of crows try and land on a wire at once would it be attempted murder?

Steve Bodio said...

Look for a photographic coffee table book called Animal Logic, by Richard Barnes. It has an amazing portfolio of these flocks, starlings in his case..