Saturday, May 1, 2010

Telephone Birds Going Ape


You know, red-shouldered blackbirds -- we call them telephone birds due to their distinct call -- are pretty common around Sugar City, but the flock we've had in the neighborhood the past few days is something else. Upwards of about a hundred birds gather in pine trees across the street as the sun sets and sing up a storm. Then they fly in a broad circle over the block, then go back to their roosts, singing all the time. I'm sure they're up to the kind of thing that brings more red-shouldered blackbirds later in the year, but it's sure fun to listen to.

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