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Strange bird behavior?

 
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Strange bird behavior?
So today, for about the 4th time since the week after xmas 2010, saw some strange behavior in a large group of black birds.

They were swarming which I've never seen them do before AND also seemed confused.

Some would fly one way and some would go another way. There were also VERY loud in thier chirping because there were so many of them.

They did all of this for about 1/2 hour before they finally flew far enough away I didn't see them anymore.

This was in WV.

Does anyone know of a way to tell whether this is NORMAL behavior?

*I* haven't ever noticed this before, but to be honest, haven't paid much attention to it either so I'm trying to find out what is what.

O.
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Sounds like a perfectly normal flock of Startlings... some incorrectly call 'black birds'. Strangely, since the USDA poisoned off a bunch of 'black birds' really startlings in South Dakota a couple of weeks back I have seen none here in mid-Nebraska. Now we have gackles, which I had never before seen here. And these gackles just love to eat the cat food we leave out for the neighborhood 'stray' cat.
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Some times birds will do this when weather is about to move in. They are trying to find the right way to go away from the storm.
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Similar behavior has been observed in PA and no, it's not normal. Here's another post about birds acting strangely:

Thread: (UPDATED INFO: 01/12/11) Birds Flying in Heavy Snow acting Very Confused!!! Western PA
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Similar behavior has been observed in PA and no, it's not normal. Here's another post about birds acting strangely:

Thread: (UPDATED INFO: 01/12/11) Birds Flying in Heavy Snow acting Very Confused!!! Western PA
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1208236


Thanks for the video.

There are no power lines where I saw this (wel, there are, but not close) and the birds WERE flting in circles but they were WIDE circles, and two groups would go in different directions. There were hundreds of them.

I could see how they would smack into each other when it was dark but it was daylight.

O.
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Yay bird thread! I was so sick of crappy Egypt Doom.
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Normal OP. You should see the size of the flocks in Europe, millions. Flying back and forth. Their is video out there of this.
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Normal OP. You should see the size of the flocks in Europe, millions. Flying back and forth. Their is video out there of this.
 Quoting: Hickory


Thanks. Has anyone who is actually a bird expert (whatever they are called) said anything abotu this?

How are we able to dtermine what is normal and what isn't?

O.
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Yep,she did'nt have a headache last night..strange!
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Sounds like a perfectly normal flock of Startlings... some incorrectly call 'black birds'. Strangely, since the USDA poisoned off a bunch of 'black birds' really startlings in South Dakota a couple of weeks back I have seen none here in mid-Nebraska. Now we have gackles, which I had never before seen here. And these gackles just love to eat the cat food we leave out for the neighborhood 'stray' cat.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1144159


I just noticed this happening this evening around 7pm CST in the midwest. It seemed kind of eerie. There were power lines around 1 huge sighting, but not the other. I was wondering if this had anything to do with the so called "SUPERMOON" like if it messes with their instincts or something???
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
I saw this in the Central Valley in California just within the past week or so. The starlings (I think) were flying around in several enormous flocks and flying into each other and dipping down to almost head level over the parking lot where I was standing. There were also huge numbers of the same birds on the power lines overhead.

It was bizarre. The only other place I've seen anything even reminiscent of this was in the film "The Birds" by Hitchcock. Yikes!
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Re: Strange bird behavior?
Normal OP. You should see the size of the flocks in Europe, millions. Flying back and forth. Their is video out there of this.
 Quoting: Hickory


Thanks. Has anyone who is actually a bird expert (whatever they are called) said anything abotu this?

How are we able to dtermine what is normal and what isn't?

O.
 Quoting: Opacus


ornithologist = PhD Bird Expert
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Thread: Scientists Baffled By Dead Birds (Starlings) In Missouri. More Mysterious Animal Die Offs.

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