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02/25/13
Birds: A Gazillion?
Filed under: California
Posted by: Bob @ 5:57 pm

Hi all,

Crazy busy birding time of the year and I will have lots of great stuff to post…when I can! This little bit just could not wait though. While headed home from the Salton Sea on Brandt Road I ran across a scene that would cause concern for the Hitchcock fans among us.

Tens of thousands of birds were congregated in a Bermuda grass field being irrigated. I spent several hours watching this amazing pectacle! Mostly Ring-billed Gulls. Also in the mix are Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, White-faced Ibis, Cattle Egret, Long-billed Curlew and Northern Harrier. Prairie Falcon and Red-tailed Hawk were in the area but not seen in the video. There was another field being irrigated half a mile away that held the same if not more birds plus there were many at the nearby cattle feedyard!.My estimate was about 100,000 Ring-billed Gulls within a mile of where I sat!! The raptors were there to catch birds to eat and they were the reason for all of the birds erupting into the air and swirling around. The term for the blackbirds swirling around is murmuration and that display is most often seen overseas in European Starlings.

This video is long I know but it mezmerized me for over two hours and you only get 48 minutes of it!! Click on the following link.   
YouTube

See ya at the sea………..or on the ocean if you will be attending the San Diego Bird Festival next weekend!

 

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