posted on Mar, 28 2005 @ 07:55 AM
I have an odd bird story to add to the mix.
I live in an area frequently visited by small flocks of crows. I never saw them in groups larger than three previous to this one night about a month
ago, give or take.
I was walking down the street in the dark, going to the store about a mile from my house, when I heard the most tremendous cacophony coming from the
tree I had just passed. I thought it was a jetliner or a huge plastic bag, something whipping in the wind.
I turned and looked, saw nothing but the skeletal tree. The noise stopped. I looked a little closer and saw there were birds in the tree, not a few,
but upwards of a hundred. Sure enough, they were crows. As soon as I realized what I was seeing, I sort of stood back with my hand on my hips,
That's when they all took off, all at once, like a shotgun blast into the sky. It was the most incredible thing, easily a hundred crows taking to
the air all at once. They made a hell of a racket, and did a lazy circle around the tree before settling down again.
When I got back from the store, they were gone, and I haven't seen them since. There's just this lone crow who sits on the power lines outside my
window. So where did they all go? Did they die? Birds wouldn't have migrated mid-season, it doesn't make sense. This is their home pretty much
all year round, but there have never been so many.
Then there was the case where a bunch, and I mean a BUNCH of homing pigeons all got lost at the same time. That was pretty freaky, because it never
happens. They race them, and every year a few get lost, but last year or the year before, something like a third failed to reach their destination.
That's unprecedented, at least in modern times.