Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Large flocks of birds

I have been noticing huge flocks of birds during the winter time here in TN, and usually around evening.  I was wondering what kind of birds they were and why I keep seeing such huge flocks.  So I did a little research tonight and found out some info.  I am just fascinated with nature and animals and why they do the things they do.

So the huge flocks I have been seeing are Starlings.  Everyone's favorite bird!  LOL!  In the winter months they congregate together in huge flocks.  There are more of them here in the south since many migrate down here from the north.  They typically find one area to roost in for the evening, and will travel as much as 20 miles from the roosting site to feed during the day.  And then at the end of the day they come together again to roost and that is when I am seeing those huge flocks.  And when I say huge, I mean it looks like the Alfred Hitchcock movie!!  I found a couple photos on the internet to give you an idea of what I am talking about.  Its like they just keep coming and coming and coming with no end in sight.  It is wild!


Yara said...

oh I was SO thinking of that scary Alfred Hitchcock movie... that movie so freaks me out! (shudder)
note to self: do not move near Marcy as large flocks of birds might give me a heart attack.
oh I hope I dont have nightmares tonight.

Kelly said...

We've had that happen here. I looked out my back door, and everything was black there were so many birds. The first thing I thought of was that movie also. We were a little scared. THey stayed there for awhile. They covered everything, the yard, trees, even the trampolina and cars.

Michelle said...

Oh yes, we have those here too.

Michelle :o) said...

They cover a few acres in our yard at one time. They take off and fly in waves and then land again. It's freaky, but so cool to watch. But looking out right now, I see that I have to evict them from my Purple Martin house. Grrrr.

Marcy said...

Oh I am not afraid of birds, we've raised so many birds ourselves. I would only be afraid of getting pooped on if I was standing out there when they fly over! I am in the car when I see them, so my car is the moving target. LOL!