Thursday, October 18, 2007




I had to drive out to the sod field last week and this HUGE flock of birds greeted me. The ground was absolutely black with them until I came along and sent them into the sky. I con't know what kind they are, but when the kids were little, we used called them "Tornado Birds" because of the the way the went swirling and spiraling into the air when they took off. (That's the sod field over on the righthand side of the road.)

8 comments:

Myrnagj said...
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Myrnagj said...

Shades of Alfred Hitckcock's The Birds. Now I spelled it rightl.

Joe B said...

You live in a pretty cool place, lots to look at.

LaDawn said...

That would scare the living daylights out of me!

Cliff said...

Yo, thanks for the visit. We always called that 'schooling up.' As in "it must be fall the blackbirds are schooling up for their migration."
Calling them blackbirds technically isn't incorrect as they are birds, and they are black. I don't know what they are but it always reminds me that cold weather's a comin and we better kick it in the rear with harvest. I'll shall return. No, that's not a threat.

Mary Connealy said...

Beautiful picture. It's hard to catch small details like that. I tried for a while to get a picture of these...I guess they're barn swallows, they dig into these weird sand hills we have in a couple of places near us and the whole side of this hill looks pock marked.
The holes showed up but I could never ge sharp enough detail to get the birds.

Janell said...

It wasn't scary. The boss thells me he likes the birds to hang around - they eat damaging insects out of the field.
Cliff, I had never heard the term "schooling up." It sounds almost nautical.

Sue said...

Can anyone who has seen The Birds not think of that movie when seeing birds gathering on a high line?
They could be Starlings. Starlings fly like that, but are usually close to trees and are really noisy. Maybe Bob, the biologist in our family, can enlighten us.
Sue