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Thousands Upon Thousands of Birds Descend Into Days Cove Area

Last evening, I witnessed the uber-flock of thousands upon thousands of birds return to the Days Cove area of the Gunpowder River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, to roost for the evening. Here I’ve captured a few seconds of video. A pattern they did was to gather in treetops and then all of a sudden, as a group, they swooshed away. (P.S. This is my first embedded video, hoping it turns out well.)

The stream of birds, coming from rural northern Harford County, where they hang out during the day and eat in the farm fields, lasted for over 20 minutes, a truly amazing spectacle. The flock danced and swayed in the air, circling, grouping and ungrouping, choosing their spot for the night. It was incredible to see that many birds in the sky, and for such a long period of time. Here are some pictures to give a sense of how the flock traveled, along with some predators perched in the bare trees watching …

The flock arriving at Mariner Point Park in Joppatowne:

Like pepper dust in the sky:

More dense groups would form and dissipate:

Gathering in treetops, then swooshing away:

Doesn’t this silhouette look like a cat?

I’m determined to figure out what route they travel to end up here!

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great footage! 🙂

    November 15, 2012
    • Thank you LuAnn. I’m glad I figured out how to embed it.

      November 15, 2012
  2. Ed #

    They look like European Starlings, they migrate in big flocks like that..:-))

    November 15, 2012

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