Friday, December 24, 2010

It Will Leave You in Awe

How lucky the narrator is:

The spectacular beauty of this phenomenon is almost beyond words. And to think, we used to have equally spectacular displays in this country up until a hundred or a hundred and fifty years ago, with passenger pigeons and Carolina parakeets.

I've seen similar displays with crows (at least I think they were crows, but it's very possible they were also starlings), but never on the scale shown here.


  1. Amazing, isn't it? The starlings around here do a similar dance, but on a much smaller scale. Where I worked, there was a very large, undeveloped field next door. They would dance in the air like that, then, settle on the field. If you came out of work at just the right time, you would be graced with that incredible show. It always amazed me that so many of the people that I worked with would just keep walking, hardly glancing at the show in front of their eyes.

  2. A very beautiful phenomenon and well done video. When I was in college back in the Stone Age, I was taught that this behavior might have a population control purpose. Too many birds might cause tension, I suppose, reducing the amount of new birds hatched the following season. Thanks for this video - and Merry Christmas.

  3. Interesting connection! I do wonder what it would have been like to see those enormous flocks of passenger pigeons. Congratulations on your move!