Afternoon...

....the lots on either side of my house are vacant... hardwood timber stands thickly at three sides of my small property... ensuring that my neighbors, however inclined, are always foiled in their voyeur attempts.... but just a few minutes ago, my protective ramparts were overrun...

... typing away at the keyboard, I heard a strange hiss coming from the window... and as I looked out towards the woods, I saw that the whole of the ground was covered with starlings...quite literally, there were thousands of them... probably three thousand on the ground and flicking through the leaves... another two thousand in the trees... and at least a thousand in mid-flight...

... I yelled through to the Wife, and we both headed for the deck out back...

... we stood and watched them for probably twenty minutes... the powder blue of the sky marking each bird perfectly as they swirled and twisted over the eaves of the house or drifted from tree to tree.... 2:45 in the afternoon and I'm standing on the deck blocking the sun with my hand as I craned my neck skywards... January 19th and it's sunny and sixty degrees... absolutely amazing...

... a few times, I would clap my hands together loudly and every bird would take the air simultaneously... it sounded like a train as they strained to get off the ground... not at all like a covey of quail being flushed.. that is a gentle, almost heartening sound... with the starlings, it was as if the beats of so many wings were ripping the air... powerful... loud, like the tearing of a piece of cloth or denim... almost angry...

... amazing stuff...

by Eric on January 19, 2006 | Bullshit (11) | TrackBack (0) | SWG Stories
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Sounds beautiful -- so long as they don't leave you any "gifts" on your car.... :)

Bullshitted by Richmond on January 19, 2006 03:25 PM

... actually, I stood out there with them swirling around me for nearly half an hour and didn't get crapped on once...

... pretty good luck, I guess... I figured I'd have been a target... karma, and all that...

Bullshitted by Eric on January 19, 2006 03:28 PM

I am no admirer of starlings-they used to take over my Martin houses. But just think, if a handclap would make them take off what would a couple of blasts from a 12 guage have done?

Bullshitted by GUYK on January 19, 2006 03:45 PM

... I wasn't trying to make them leave, Guy... just make them move a bit so I could hear them better... they're gone now... no harm was done....

Bullshitted by Eric on January 19, 2006 03:47 PM

I'da shit on ya.

Bullshitted by Acidman on January 19, 2006 05:17 PM

... and if your scrawny ass had been circling around my house with your arms flapping in the breeze, I'd have taken Guy's advice and grabbed the 12ga.... not to shoot you, of course... just to keep you off of my cats should you decide to swoop...

Bullshitted by Eric on January 19, 2006 06:25 PM

Sometimes nature gives us incredible gifts to view. Sit in solitude and reflect on your experience. What did learn from the starlings? Nature is a great teacher.

The answer is for you not us ;-)


Bullshitted by h~ on January 19, 2006 07:51 PM

Farookin' boids!

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on January 19, 2006 08:23 PM

Years ago I had a house that had a couple of apple trees in the back yard. Of coarse I never got around to picking the apples and in the winter time the ground under the trees would be covered with rotten apples. The first year I was thinking, "what a mess to clean up come spring".

Then came the starlings . . . By the thousands. They were so thick that you couldn't even see the ground. I watched in awe (and some discomfort) and then after about a half hour they all left and not one sign of ANY apples remained on the ground.

I never had a mess come spring.

Bullshitted by Daniel Medley on January 20, 2006 05:19 AM

When stuff like that happens to me, all I can think of is Hitchcock's Birds.

Bullshitted by Contagion on January 20, 2006 08:52 AM

Oh great, now every time I see birds I'm gonna think of you. Then Acidman shitting on you as you try to shoot his scrawny ass! Thanks.

Bullshitted by livey on January 20, 2006 12:55 PM