Disappointment murmuration

2 03 2017

Birds over Spring Creek Basin.

As has been observed (audited?), Disappointment Valley is a pretty quiet place – except when the wind is howling, which is fairly often. But on this particular evening, it was only slightly breezy, so when an airborne cacophony reached our ears, we all looked to find the source.

Birds over Spring Creek Basin.

The foreground hills are slightly outside Spring Creek Basin.

Birds over Spring Creek Basin.

This was one flyover that didn’t cause the mustangs to run. 🙂

(Does anyone know what kind of birds are these? The common term might be LBBs – little brown birds. 🙂 Dictionary.com defines a murmuration as the act of murmuring or a flock of – specifically – starlings. ARE these starlings … or just an ordinary flock of (extra)ordinary birds?)

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10 responses

2 03 2017
Prairie girl

Great moment! And the horses didn’t run!
I think you’re right, TJ. Starlings.

2 03 2017
TJ

Having seen some amazing videos of giant murmurations, it was cool to see it right over Spring Creek Basin!

2 03 2017
Pat

Hummm. I’ll see if I can get my biRd expert to tell us! Great pics.

2 03 2017
TJ

Let us know!

2 03 2017
Sue Story

Not sure what these guys are, but I do know what they mean: spring is in the “wings.” 🙂

2 03 2017
TJ

It sure does seem to be close. 🙂

2 03 2017
Lynn and Kathy

Sure look like Starlings. They do have long tapered bills, pointed wings, translucent flight feathers and tend to form tight balls when a hawk is present (Sibley’s 2nd Ed). Great catch! 🙂

2 03 2017
TJ

Thanks for the info, Lynn!

7 03 2017
Joyce Kamm

they are known as crows or ravens

7 03 2017
TJ

We do have lots of ravens here. But the birds in these photos are much, much smaller.

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