Friday, October 16, 2009

Avian Cacaphony


It happens twice a year--the great blackbird migration through WillOaks Farm. The sounds are amazing--loud, raucous, relentless--as hundreds of blackbirds flock together on trees, lawn, and pastures, gathering strength individually, gathering in numbers, to move south. I awoke to it this morning, a gray, wet, gloomy dawn, and gradually, their large sound penetrated my sleepy head and I grabbed the camera, shooting through the wet window, afraid I'd miss the opportunity.


But they lingered for awhile. First in one group of trees, then moving to another. Moving to the ground in search of food, then back into the trees. It never fails to amaze me how this huge congregation can synchronize its movements...it seems uncanny.


Mariah, my black kitty, couldn't get enough of the spectacle and like me, went from window to window as the flock moved all around the house, just marveling in the view.

Later in the day, I selected a group of stones that summed up the day for me...a feeling of gray settled over the colors of autumn. Simply lovely on their own and simply connected together with handmade sterling links.

14 comments:

fullet said...

I'm sure those birds are too noisy but the photos are just amazing. Have a nice weekend!

Ratty said...

That is simply magical. Those are pictures I dream about getting. I remember getting a picture with seven robins in a tree one time and being so excited. I don't know what would happen if I found this.

Ann said...

That's a lot birds. I saw a similar site yesterday while I was driving. It was a huge flog of birds circling the trees. My first thought was "I wish I had my camera"
Love the stones in that bracelet.

PJ said...

we have tons of blackbirds here also. i sat outside one morning watching a huge flock cover 3 of the trees behind the complex. they are very loud.

i have never seen that color of hematite before. it's very pretty.

have a great day my friend...hugz!

Sharkbytes said...

I love the gray and black tones in the second one! I can really hear the birds.

Sandee said...

Wow, that's a lot of black birds. Yikes. Kind of reminds me of the Hitchcock Birds movie. Just saying. That's probably what kitty is thinking too.

Have a terrific day and weekend. :)

Grace said...

That is so awesome. I'm one of those folks who love blackbirds, crows, ravens. Don't really have any in the city, I do miss them - and so do the kitties LOL

Bonnie Story said...

Wow, what great moody pics with the raindrops on the glass! I am really amazed at how the stones capture the feeling of the gray skies and blackbirds, that's great. Mariah is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing that spectacular migrational sight! I can see Tippy Hedron in my mind...

Icy BC said...

Those are amazing captured pictures of the birds..They are on every tree top..Love the look of your bracelet!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Reminds me of the movie - the Birds. Great shots and I would love to see that in person. I'm a bird lover so the sights and sounds would definitely be a treat for me.

Pricilla said...

The photos are so moody. I love them

Split Rock Ranch said...

At any time did you feel like you were watching The Birds?!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

I agree w/ Poetic Shutterbug...definitely 'The Birds', the movie inspired, but I LOVE Mariah going from window to window...their prowess really pops when there are birds...but ALL THESE BIRDS..I'll bet she's still enjoying the moment...have a good weekend, be warm...:)))

Lin said...

I'll bet they are LOUD too! We have flocks of starlings in the spring that are just so ridiculous in their volume. And like you, I'm amazed how they synchronize their flight path, take-offs and landings together. Perhaps there is a secret word....

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