reply to post by gnosticagnostic
It was incredibly strange, how they instantly just stopped.
The first thing I considered was a predator nearby, but no birds evacuated their perch, which would be strange when considering the sheer number of
The area I live in is not in the back 40 or anything, I live in a moderately populated sub-urban cluster of middle-class homes. We do have the
occassional stray wild animal come through - a few years ago, a black bear made it's way into the neighborhood and you may find deer, fox, and/or
turkeys at any given time.
I have heard a flock of birds cease their chirping, but I recall their subsequent departure immediately following their outburst of silence. Many
times it is easy to spot why... a wild animal, a gunshot, a loud vehicle, a cat, or bicycler in the area. This time, none of these were evident and
their vocalization ceased on more than 1 occassion while I observed them.
I think migration could account for many of the sightings, where exploded avian populations are witnessed. I kinda remember it being too late into the
year for general migration, but it has been seasonally warmer than years past, although there was a very cold spell several weeks prior.
It was just so strange, I wish I could have created a high-quality recording of the event.
I think I wrote a thread about this several months back, but can't remember right off;
I was messing around outside one day when I saw a crow sitting still near my mini-apple/pear orchard. It wouldn't fly away when my dog approached it.
I assumed it was injured, because, in my experience, even ill birds will try to escape the threat of a predator.
I watched the birds for several minutes and noted it's strange behavior. It was in a loop pattern of movement, where it would continually nod up and
down, over and over and over. I actually got it on video, but have not uploaded it yet, hopefully it is still in memory.
I just wonder if that situation had any sort of link to this strange occcurrance of bird silence?
*PS (in further reference to your OR);
Birds will go silent when facing a predator, this is well acknowledge and may have been what happened here - I don't believe it is responsible for the
OP event, but I can't rule it out either.
I don't know how I can say that the behavior was completely out of the blue and not the same manner of silence found in the threat of a predator. I
wish I could explain why I believe that, but I can't. It is just something in my gut that tells me it is different. There is just something different
about the silence, and the way it came about, that leaves me feeling this way. Maybe instincts on my part? Whatever it is, it compells me to believe
the silence was not ordinary and has no run-of-the-mill explanation to account for it.
I don't know why, I just know it was not predator or standard migratory behavior.
*Sorry for the delayed reply*
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