European Starling, flock 1.
Blackbird Flock Art . - (All Rights Reserved)
A Flockheart ?? :-D
Note the bird of pray at the lower left. (possibly a Hawk or Eagle) This is the reason these starlings are freaking out. It's a defense mode they enter, similar to fish, when being attacked by a predator.
There are also other reasons they flock like this at dusk, but in this situation, it's believed that the raptor is generating the behavior.
I use the phrase Blackbird generically.
Per an interview with a UC professor on News10.net, these are European Starlings.
The full 6 Min clip of Blackbird Flock Art 2 can be seen here on YouTube, (and hit the HQ switch if you have the bandwidth)
I'll be sure to have an eye out for next years migration!!!
Yahoo home page from various countries have linked to this photo via a Flickr Gallery.
It's an honor being selected to such a high directory level. Thanks Yahoo!!
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