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March 7, 2012


Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 4:37 pm
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As I stepped out of the shower this morning, I was surprised by the sound I heard outside the closed-tight window.  It sounded almost like a strong wind, which I thought strange since I knew a mild day was forecast.  The end of my shower coincided with the official sunrise time for my area, 6:14 am today, and I peered through the blinds to see if the trees appeared to be swaying to-and-fro.  Barely a rustle of the branches was visible.

Still quite curious about the sound I was hearing, I quickly toweled off and dressed and went out to the sliding glass door to the deck for further investigation.  The large group of blackbirds that distracted me from my chores recently, appeared to have taken roost in the trees of the neighbors’ properties.

Once again, my lens was not powerful enough to allow me to see what type of birds these were, but I’m going to assume they were grackles and red-winged blackbirds like the last time.  I was so astounded that a group of birds (many more than are pictured here) was able to make enough sound for me to hear through my closed bathroom window, I decided to try to record it for you with the video camera on my iPod:

Any birders out there able to confirm the identity of the blackbirds from the song?

Whatever type of bird they were, I can’t help but think it is a sign of spring to hear birds greeting the dawn! 🙂

ETA: Wow!  The amount of birds I saw this morning was NOTHING compared to what I just saw as I was driving my daughter to dance class!  I pulled over into a parking lot and took this little video because I was having trouble believing the amount of birds that were in front of my eyes.  Sorry about the quality of the video since the sun has just set, but you’ll get the idea!


  1. Wow, that is a LOT of birds!!! Had that happen here, too. One day last week when I was outside taking pictures, but it wasn’t quite as many as in your photo.
    The sky looks cool 🙂

    Comment by TheDailyClick — March 7, 2012 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

    • You think that’s a lot, I hope you’ll have a chance to come back and view the second video I’ve just posted! I’m still awestruck at what I witnessed.
      Thanks on the sky – but I admit tweaking that in PSE since the color wasn’t what I was hoping for.

      Comment by Karma — March 7, 2012 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

      • I knew you tweaked it 😉 but even if it’s obvious, it’s perfectly OK if the end result looks good 🙂

        Comment by TheDailyClick — March 7, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  2. I enjoyed the birds in the bushes, too. As for the clouds of birds, I’ll bet you those are starlings. Take a look at Mr. Tootlepedal’s Blog – Starlings at Gretna. Go all the way to the end – there are three or four photos that show behavior just like what you’re seeing. And the sound is just like what we used to hear in our neighborhood . . . drove us all to distraction. Fascinating aerialists, though, aren’t they.

    Comment by Gerry — March 8, 2012 @ 4:48 am | Reply

    • Thanks for sharing that link, Gerry. Beautiful photos, and starlings are indeed a possibility I would say.
      It was fascinating for sure!

      Comment by Karma — March 8, 2012 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  3. Love the way the whole flockin’ flock moves and swoops … bet there’s lotsa bird poop under those trees …

    Comment by Sybil — March 8, 2012 @ 8:18 am | Reply

    • I hadn’t even considered what must be huge mounds of poop Sybil!! LOL

      Comment by Karma — March 8, 2012 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  4. We’ve been having the same phenomenon around here, there was even a story on the news about it…. of course, I never got around to watching it, so I have no idea what they had to say about it…. now I’m curious – I’m going to find out why!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — March 8, 2012 @ 8:40 am | Reply

    • If you do find out Holly, please be sure to let me know!

      Comment by Karma — March 8, 2012 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  5. Your cacophony of birdsong could be red-winged blackbirds as could your cloud of birds. They travel in huge groups as they migrate.

    Comment by Carol — March 8, 2012 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

    • I’ve definitely seen a few red-wings, Carol. I tried to get close enough to see if I could see that tell-tale swoop of red on a wing, but they just moved too fast for me and the light wasn’t very good.

      Comment by Karma — March 8, 2012 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  6. That is an amazing sight. I wonder if our crazy weather this winter has the birds confused?

    Comment by bearyweather — March 8, 2012 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know if they are confused, but migration back to this area definitely seems earlier this year.

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  7. My guess that is that they are European Starlings. They seem to fly and swoop as one. I don’t remember Red-winged Blackbirds flying in that sort of pattern. But that is just a guess.

    Comment by Bob Zeller — March 8, 2012 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  8. What a sight to see those starlings! You captured the blue hour at night in that second video. We just got back from Florida and I’ll have a lot of bird photos to share.

    Comment by Becky Sue — March 10, 2012 @ 6:54 am | Reply

    • Starlings seems to be the consensus on these blackbirds – I’m glad the whole flock hasn’t found their way to my feeders, LOL!
      I’ll be over to check out your site, Becky
      PS – the GIF’s you’ve been using have been slowing down the loading of your blog; don’t know if anyone else has been experienceing this.

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2012 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  9. That’s amazing, Karma! Thanks for leading me over this way. I’m fascinated by the way the starlings group together like that.

    Comment by Robin — November 7, 2013 @ 11:59 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin – glad you liked it! It was totally fascinating – enough to make me pull over in a parking lot and take it all in!

      Comment by Karma — November 7, 2013 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

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