Today was not an especially busy day for me. I went through my usual morning routine and then headed into my office to 'make-believe' I was actually
working. The weather was very mild, in the 30's and low to mid 40's by mid-afternoon.
Normally I would never have a window open in this type of weather, but I recently bought a 3-D television for my house, so I moved the old 55" LCD
into my office. It is an older model, one that has heat pouring off it like molten lava after being powered on for 15-20 minutes. Since my office
isn't huge, I will open a window to combat the hellish experience provided by this television.
I opened the window for this exact reason today and everything seemed just as normal as any other chilly day in East Tennessee....
...I authored a thread titled, 'Birds!!!'
a few months ago, it was about the strange
behavior of a large number of birds. They were grouped in a small area and were chirping very loud. Suddenly, every single bird went silent for no
apparent reason. Some suggested a predator, but I do not believe that was the case - based on observing them and the area.
The birds continued this strange behavior several more times through the course of the day. I really didn't know what to think about it, since I have
lived here my entire life and never experienced anything close to this.
Aside from the suggestions of a predator in the area, there was never a plausible explanation for the odd event.
A couple weeks passed before something else happened that I have never seen or heard of in this area before and... it happened, literally, in my
I authored another thread about this event, titled, 'Big Strange & Odd Bird Behavior Noted
Prior to a Large Die-Off in My Backyard! Seymour, TN!'
There was a large and mysterious bird die-off involving thousands of birds from a variety of breeds(?). These birds were laying in the street, in my
front yard, backyard, neighbor's yard, etc and extended for a couple miles down the road. Like other bird die-off reports, there was no immediate
explanation. The birds did exhibit signs of blunt force trauma, but it's speculated that could be the result of their crash landing.
There were reports of a strange 'Sky-Sound' phenomena heard at around this same time period. I have heard this strange noise for the past couple
years, but have been unable to identify it's source. The noise has also been reported by local news media and in interviews with concerned citizens.
There is no evident precursor to warn when the sound will begin. It just seems to happen in the very early morning hours, lasting from between 1 hour
- 7 hours.
Here is a thread I opened on January 10th, 2012, when I was hearing the strange noise,
'Incredibly Strange Phenomena in Knoxville, Tennessee Right now (tues, 10-1-12 4a)'
Another strange fact is that, after the strange sky noise, the strange bird activity, and the bird die-off we experienced earthquakes much larger than
we usually ever have. We do have common small quakes, but, for this area, the quakes were quite notable in size.
I do not know if there is a correlation between the strange noise phenomena and the strange activity of the birds, the subsequent bird die-off, or the
uncommon Earthquakes, but I feel it is worth mentioning....
... Back in my office, watching TV at around 2p, a noise grabbed my attention. I muted the TV and listened closer, when I realized the loud noise was
coming from the trees. I stepped outside to listen even closer and found that I was surrounded on all sides by a massive number of birds singing
non-stop. It was astonishing and so loud that I could not hear a commercial sawmill operating just 35ft away.
It was odd, not just because of the sheer number and intensity, but also because it was very hard to see even 1 bird anywhere. There were none flying
around (Thankfully... I'd be the one they aim for), on the ground, or the power lines.
I called for one of the guys running the mill to shut it off and come have a listen. The very moment he shut down the mill, it was like a giant black
shadow exploded from the trees. It must have been every single bird I have ever seen in my life taking flight at once.
Thinking of how to describe to you, I am reminded of a scene from (I think) the Mummy or The Mummy Returns, where the pyramid is swallowed by millions
and millions of scorpions. Another comparison could made to the scene from the Gerard Butler film, '300', where the Persians reign down so many arrows
that it darkens the sky.
These descriptions do not embellish what we saw by very much.
I am sure many of you have seen the videos where giant flocks of birds move in formation with incredible precision. This is how the birds were
behaving. They seemed to be circling my shop, but that was an illusion, brought on by the sheer number of birds in the sky. The whole area's sky was
blanketed with thousands, probably well over 100,000 birds.
They remained aloft for the next 20-30 minutes, maybe more, but I had to step away to get the guys back to work. I watched from my office for the rest
of the afternoon and saw them thin out quite a bit from the initial sighting. While there were still many in the sky, there were also many in the
trees chirping quite a bit.
It continued into the early evening and was still going on when I headed home. I don't live far away, but the activity was nowhere near the level of
the shop's sky and surrounding trees. Even now I can hear them a bit, but I would consider this 'normal' activity, though not usually at this hour of
I know some of you will ask for pictures and I did take a couple, though you can not see anything on them, unfortunately. There were also a few light
clouds in the sky and they did not show up on the images either.
I thought I heard the creepy 'sky-noise' phenomena again, a couple weeks ago. I can not say it is what I heard with certainty, because it didn't occur
at the usual time, the usual intensity, or the usual duration.
I wonder if this could be a precursor to something else about to happen in the area... I hope not, but if it is, maybe we can pick up on a pattern.
I am also posting this now incase there is something that has yet to happen, but can be linked to this strange experience.
One more note: I talked to my Dad about it and he thought it was a massive Starling population, even though the timing seems to be off for them...
For those of you who would like the exact location, I will give you the general area in East Tennessee. It is between KnoxVegas (Knoxville) and
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