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Originally posted by Bhadhidar
I'm sure you all have heard this before, but....
This is really wierd!
Today (Jan 11, 2006), as I was walking into work, I heard geese honking over head. As I have always found the sight of geese in flight to be one of the most beautiful things in Nature, as always, I looked up to see a pair (likely a life-bonded pair!) of geese (not enough of a "birder" to ID the species)......
Flying DUE NORTH!
Now I Live in Northern California (USA), and there is no way Winter is even close to being over.
The World as we know it....That's another matter, altogether!
American Crows are permanent residents in Florida. Their numbers apparently increase in the fall with the influx of northern birds and decrease in March and April with their departure.
We are all certainly aware that in North America the weather in spring gets "nice" in the south before it gets "nice" in the north. People who live in the northern U. S. and Canada migrate in droves to the southern borders of the U. S. for the winter. I have heard many conversations, among them, about the right time to go back north. It always seems to hinge around the question "Is it too early"? Migrating birds have obviously also evolved a sense for this. We find that birds that nest in the south migrate early. Of course, the area in which they nest is ready for habitation early. We begin to see the Prothonotary Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush in the latter half of March. Birds that nest in the north, however, migrate later since the area in which they nest is not ready for habitation until later. Gray-cheeked Thrushes don't show up in Texas until late April and early May. I plant most of my vegetables (Houston, Texas) around the first of March. My dad, I remember, always put the vegetables in on Memorial day (western New York). That's three months later and it looks like birds have figured this out too.
The preparation for migration includes building fat reserves for energy. Southbound Yellow-rumped Warblers (which usually eat insects) are observed on Block Island (Rhode Island) gorging themselves on Bayberries (Wax Myrtle). Long distance runners and other endurance athletes often do a "carbohydrate load" just before a big event.
Originally posted by Eden
their chirps were intensely loud and almost distressful sounding(not your normal song like bird chirps)
Originally posted by Eden
at that same moment I looked up to the left(which would due west)in the sky and it looked to be two planes almost skywriting?!? making a very definitive white X overhead, I couldn't make out the planes