posted on Nov, 23 2012 @ 04:06 PM
I would like to ask those of you who have knowledge about birds, and their defining characteristics, a question about what is going on where I live
I live in Knoxville Tennessee, USA area and noticed yeasterday, while smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving, that the bird population is quite large for
this time of the season. There are generally birds around here in most parts of the year, but not in massive numbers and without any strange
I am sitting in my study, watching a couple college football games. The TV in this room is a 55" LED that produces a lot of heat, relative to this
room's size. The heat from the TV forces me to open a window to help cool the room.
I hadn't really been overwhelmed by the chirping birds, they were more of a white noise that I had gotten used to - kind of like a clock ticking,
after hearing it for a while it kinda blends into the environment.
While watching the game, I opened my laptop and began to melt my mind here on ATS. I opened a thread and paused the game, so I could concentrate on
the thread and not miss the game...
As soon as I paused the TV, I noticed how invasive the bird's noise had become.
It was not so much a flock of birds chirping super loud, or a number of birds close to the window making a lot of noise. It was much stranger than
The bird chirps seem to be coming from everywhere, they were different intensities, different tones, and different heights in the trees. The birds,
with little doubt, numbered in many thousands.
The way I explained it to myself is like this; imagine looking at a picture of the universe, one of those very high resolution images that capture
millions of stars. Now imagine that each one of those stars is an individual bird chirp, each happening at nearlye the same time, over an over again.
The brighter stars would be louder chirps, smaller stars : softer chirps, and so on.
I've seen tons of pictures detailing thousands of flocking birds and videos that explain how birds make those split second flight path deviations,
but I have never learned about the characteristics of a bird's, or a flock of birds', whistles.
Although I thought hearing such a huge number of birds chirping was peculiar for this area, I didn't find it strange enough to open a thread on...
that changed when i heard something I had never ever heard before, here or anywhere else in the world.
The birds continued chirping at a very loud, very steady rate, but that changed quickly.
If you have never been in the akward situation I'm about to describe, chances are you know someone who has been, or you've seen it played out in a
comedy skit... In a loud room, you find yourself in a somewhat inappropriate conversation. As you're saying something damning - a curse word, etc -
the room instantly goes quiet, and your embarrassing shouts are heard by all.
The birds continued to chirp constantly, then, instantly, every single bird chirp stopped without any apparent reason. Their chirps literally stopped
instantly and simultaneously - all their chirps.
There was no other loud noise, like a gun-shot or a loud vehicle, that may have spooked them. Instantly, after several seconds of complete silence,
all the birds began to chirp again. Instantly, their whistles returned to the same expanse and audible instensity found prior to the silence.
It was so strange and the sudden silence really accentuated just how loud the birds had been chirping - it was so loud that it left my ears ringing in
the sudden silence.
They began chirping again for several minutes, then, just as in the first silencing, their chirps ceased instantly. This time offered no explanation
to why they stopped chirping.
This has been going on for several hours - based on when I first heard them, though it may have been going on for some time before it was recognized.
The birds chirp for several minutes, then they stop, instantly...
I am not sure if this is common. I don't recall hearing it any other time in my life and I have lived in this area since birth. It may be more than a
natural anomaly, especially when considering most birds are gone from the area at this point in the season.
I've tried to record the sounds, but it is not picking up. I will keep trying, as long as they keep whistling... I wonder how long they will do
Any of you all know why the birds are doing this, or if it's common and I have simply over-looked it? I just can't imagine I have never heard this
any time in my life, before now....
I'll post the time when they stop doing this....