Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome Back Blackbirds!




They used to come every fall, in large numbers, gathering on the wires, then settling in the junipers for the night. They would hang around for a few weeks then take off.


They haven't been around for a few years now, so when we saw them last night, I had to grab the camera and snap a few pictures. Not the best, it was getting dark, and there were so many birds, it was impossible to catch them all.







21 comments:

  1. that's great that the birds came back

    they used to congregate in the trees outside the building where i work

    and fill the sky when they all took off at once

    but i haven't seen that sight from the window near my cubicle for some years now

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  2. i know the flocks will be coming to texas to winter here, soon.

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  3. We like birds, too, Inger, and when they don't come, it can mean something's wrong with the environment. Thanks for the pix.

    It's not only canaries that know when an ill wind blows.

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  4. Haha - we get the same thing here in Georgia!

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  5. oh my word!! don't you live when they all drop by!!

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  6. In some cultures it's called "the gathering of the birds".

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  7. last saturday early am, i came out of walmart and there were at least 2 o 3 thousand black birds, the lined all the tops of the buildings were on every pole, walking around on the ground, i have never seen that many and what a racket. they were about 9 inches tall, really big and would not even get out of the way of my car. i felt like i was in the movie the birds.

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  8. Wow they had just packed there bags a few days ago and left here:) B

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  9. Härliga bilder...är det någon typ kråka eller ?

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  10. I didn't realize that blackbirds migrated!

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  11. I think we have blackbirds at the shopping centers here all year round. Now I'm not so sure. Reading the above comments, it sounds like they've left Canada and a hole lot of them have arrived in Florida. Now I've got something else to research and learn about, thanks to blogging. You gotta love it!

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  12. Nature is truly wonderful, Inger and somehow they know where to be next! Heck, sometimes, I don't even know where I'll be...LOL!!!...:)JP

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  13. Our bird population is changing too. The barn swallows have left and only a few bluebirds remain. They will be gone soon.

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  14. The animals seem to know that changes are coming.
    We saw a huge flock of birds in the tops of trees where we were camping.
    I am enjoying "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating". I have learned so much - and will never look at a snail or slug in quite the same way. Nor will I take my health for granted.

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  15. From what I learned, these blackbirds are migrant birds from northern US and Canada on their way to the South Eastern US. While our Brewer's blackbirds, here in the west, remain throughout the year. I will check this winter. I know where they hang out -- they're no dummies, they're outside our grocery stores.

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  16. So many of them :) Glad they're back.

    We get birds in August every year because there's a big almond tree next door. It's neat watching the birds :)

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  17. I love to watch when huge flocks of birds like that take flight all at the same time, as though they're of a single mind. Even though there are so many of them, they swoop and swarm through the sky as a single unit. Amazing to watch. We have a lot of doves roosting in our neighborhood lately. Must be dove hunting season.

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  18. Dear Inger, so often we learn that a species has changed because of climate change or human encroachment. So it's really encouraging to read your posting that the blackbirds have come back. Thank you. Peace.

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  19. Hi Inger! This looks like a scene from the movie "The Birds". Yikes!

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  20. We have had a couple of blackbirds that will stay through the winter -- it is so neat to see them in numbers like this. :)

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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