Jump to content
Whatbird Community Board
  • Announcements

    • Bigfoot

      Whatbird Forums Rules   01/08/17

      'Help Me Identify a Bird' rules: When posting a new thread, please: 1. Read the FAQ and forum rules before posting 2. Include the location in your Post when seeking ID 3. Include the date of the sighting 4. Provide a photo or detailed description of the bird Forum rules: By posting in the WhatBird forums you agree to the following board rules: 1. You will be tolerant and respectful of your fellow members 2. You will not spam 3. You will not post sexually explicit, vulgar or racist material 4. You will not advertise or sell products 5. You will not discuss illegal activities 6. You will keep topics of religion and politics to a bare minimum 7. You will not take advantage of chat to break any of the above rules. 8. Members will not discuss homosexuality nor make any comments about others' sexuality. Breaking any of these rules may result in a suspension or a permanent ban from the forums!! Furthermore, anyone who causes continuous dissent and disarray in the forums will be banned as seen fit by the forum moderators under the pretense of "trolling." Gallery photos: Regarding photos in the Whatbird gallery, please keep in mind that the copyright belongs to the person who took the photo. So please do not use any of the Gallery photos without requesting permission from the photographer. Forum Photos: If you use photos other than your own, please place a link to the referenced photo and do not post other photographer's work directly.
meghann

A roar of birds

Recommended Posts

So, on my birding trek yesterday, as I came out of the woods to head back to my car, I could hear this roar of sound. It was on par with a waterfall or machinery of some sort. I walked towards it, thinking "What the heck?!"

I finally got out onto the nearby boardwalk and realized what it was. Red-winged Blackbirds. Hundreds of them, maybe more. I have heard large groups of blackbirds and grackels before, but nothing to this scope, where there was an actual roar.

I took video, and around the halfway point, they flush a little, and the roar disappears until they resettle, proving all the  noise in the video is them.

I focused on the tree that was most visible, but they were that thick everywhere, with clouds of them coming and going. Anyone want to do an estimate of how many for me? Lol.

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’ve had this a couple of times.  One time I checked the radar on my phone as I thought it was a distant thunder.  It turned out to be well over 1000 mixed blackbirds taking off in a field multiple times.  A few hundred Grackles did the same thing this fall out in a field when they lifted off.  There was a dull roar.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, they can be very noisy, no doubt about it!! I've had flocks coming toward me that I could hear before I could see them! I think there's 873 in that flock, but there's a couple I'm not sure are Red-wings. :P

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×