Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Don't Bring Me Down

The title has nothing to do with the post, except maybe if you stretched your imagination and pretended to be a migratory songbird and you didn't want to land.



For a long time I was the only one who could see them. Then came my parents. They came to visit us, I believe it was last February, and we ALL saw them. We (being ever so adventurous, full of Mexican food, and having no place to go) decided to follow them to see what they were doing.

Okay. Now at the risk of losing all of your interest, let me tell you about the birds. Every year, hundred of birds, thousands of birds, million and billions and trillions of birds use the Mississippi River as a giant landmark as they migrate throughout the country. They roost in a lovely place called Shelby Farms, which has plenteous trees and bushes to keep them safe and happy.

We followed them as they flew in for the night. The smell was atrocious, and I don't know who had the bright idea of opening the sunroof, but the sight was amazing. I'm only sorry that I wasn't able to catch a little more on the camera.

Check it out.

Yes, that is me on the audio. As far as I can tell, I'm saying "Oh my gack! Listen to them! They're all, like, shclug, cruising away from us like what the heck is following us!"

No, I don't know what I was thinking. I was a little excited.

It's kind of nifty to see, though.


Woman in a Window said...

OK, Shame on me for not coming here more. Fixing that right now.

And then, Bllooooolllalaa! What? Where did that header and your page come from? Beautiful! Are those your photos?

And those birds...I'd have chased them too!

Suldog said...

That's really cool. I love seeing large flocks of birds. It always amazes me how quickly they can change direction in unison.

Sandi McBride said...

I love watching the huge flocks of birds that fly over several times a year. I envy them the ability to pick up and leave at their hearts demand. To be a bird. Thrilling bit of cinema, Sarah...thank you

Carol said...

Sarah....I love the birds. All of them. All the time. I wish I could bring them all in from cold and they could live in my kitchen!!