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   Undertoad  Monday Jun 19 12:32 PM

6/19/2006: Sparrow flocks in Denmark



Today's Earth Science Picture of the Day highlights 16 shots of these flocks of European Sparrows in Denmark. I've highlighted only these two so as to claim fair use, or something.

Flocks of millions of these birds make formations... but only during a few weeks of the year, and only a half hour before sunset. So many of the birds are in the sky that, at certain times, they block out the sun... thus the name of the phenomenon: "Black Sun".




Trilby  Monday Jun 19 12:35 PM

Didn't some horror movie have this as a premise? I'm thinking a Vin Diesel vehicle but I could be wrong..."Pitch Black"?



skysidhe  Monday Jun 19 01:22 PM

wow...cool. oooh ahhh That beats the humongous dragonflies I saw yesterday. I thought they looked weird. That is just phenominal looking.



Tse Moana  Monday Jun 19 01:22 PM

It looks amazing! Wow!



glatt  Monday Jun 19 01:36 PM

I love these shots.



Elspode  Monday Jun 19 01:47 PM

[quote=Undertoad So many of the birds are in the sky that, at certain times, they block out the sun... thus the name of the phenomenon: "Black Sun".
[/QUOTE]
And what do the call the area *beneath* the formations? "White Grass"?



axlrosen  Monday Jun 19 04:36 PM

Yikes - searching Google Images for "black sun" denmark is not recommended...



glatt  Monday Jun 19 04:45 PM

I will not do it. I will not do it. I will not do it.



Wombat  Monday Jun 19 06:54 PM

I've seen London birds flocking in the same way, also just before sunset. The most amazing part was how the entire flock would dive into a tree at full speed and disappear, presumably all perched on twigs. Then 10 seconds later they would all zoom out of the tree at full speed in one mass, do a few crazy high-speed turns still all as one unit, and then dive into another tree at full speed. They repeated this dance over and over, every time with a different route. It was fantastic to watch.



YellowBolt  Monday Jun 19 08:09 PM

I remember hearing about presentations about how similar phenomenon happened in the US (a long time ago?) with a particular species of bird. But since you could pretty much aim a gun up and shoot to get a free bird dinner, they went extinct.



tw  Monday Jun 19 08:12 PM

One can take the same 'Wow' picture and see the arrival of a new black plague - bird flu. Same picture. Different perspective.



glatt  Monday Jun 19 08:22 PM

It goes both ways. A week or so ago, my son and I were leaning out a window, watching the world go by. I felt a sneeze coming and let it loose just as a bird flew by. I couldn't have timed it better if I tried. He laughed and laughed. A genuine belly laugh. I didn't know 4 year old could laugh that way. I thought it was pretty funny too. I totally nailed that bird with snot.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 19 08:41 PM

I think UT's second picture looks like a butterfly net.

And this flock has balls.



Stonan  Monday Jun 19 09:30 PM

Wasn't able to find a pic but here in Vacouver at the begining of dusk you can see a murder of crows about the same width in the sky as shown here but the 'flock' stretches from downtown to the suburb of Burnaby (approx 15 miles). It happens every evening as sort of a mini-migration from the parks and docks to a bird sanctuary. (Located right next to the largest McDonalds in the Lower Mainland!)



capnhowdy  Monday Jun 19 09:57 PM

Better have an umbrella is all I can say......



seakdivers  Monday Jun 19 10:34 PM

I swear this was an IOTD before, or somebody posted it in Quality Images.

Hmm...



zippyt  Monday Jun 19 10:44 PM

It was , but it is STILL a cool pic



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Jun 20 12:04 AM

There are swifts that live in my parents' country house chimneys that occasionally do stuff like this.



wolf  Tuesday Jun 20 02:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
I will not do it. I will not do it. I will not do it.
Unless I searched incorrectly, it's not at all remarkable. What's scary about a German performance art band with punk undertones. Heck, I couldn't even find the racist subtext that I usually expect from something called "Black Sun"


Pancake Man  Tuesday Jun 20 04:54 PM

Rorschach test, anyone?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 20 05:59 PM

Yes, thats a butterfly......thats a dolphin.....that's a little girl feeding her brothers entrails to the pet wolverine......



milkfish  Tuesday Jun 20 06:41 PM

No, it looks like the Prophet with a bomb on his head.



capnhowdy  Tuesday Jun 20 07:43 PM

not gonna search.... don't wanna know.....



Spexxvet  Wednesday Jun 21 06:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
not gonna search.... don't wanna know.....
It's pictures of semi-naked men real close to each other. Oops.


Tse Moana  Friday Jun 23 08:20 PM

It's performance art, lots of plastic as well, meant to explore the relationship between spider and fly. See, I read the text as well, not just looked at the pictures



mitheral  Sunday Jun 25 05:37 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by YellowBolt
I remember hearing about presentations about how similar phenomenon happened in the US (a long time ago?) with a particular species of bird. But since you could pretty much aim a gun up and shoot to get a free bird dinner, they went extinct.
Passenger Pigeon


Undertoad  Sunday Jun 25 10:26 AM

Sparrows attack one single tree and almost destroy it

This is one of the top stories on digg right now.

This guy lives right near me although I can't tell exactly where by the identical mcmansions




Trilby  Sunday Jun 25 11:02 AM

That is a great example of the Universal Mind at work.

Cool.



Happy Monkey  Sunday Jun 25 01:30 PM

Starlings are a lot bigger than sparrows, but still - that's a lot of starlings!



Undertoad  Sunday Jun 25 01:33 PM

Starlings. Yes.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 25 01:50 PM

I wonder if Starlings like Mulberry's?



BigV  Monday Jun 26 12:39 PM

That is an appetite with wings. The bare trees that would almost certainly make more stable roosts aren't loaded with birds, because there's no food there. I don't know what's in the junipers, but that really looks like group hunger to me.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 26 08:07 PM

Juniper berries.



capnhowdy  Monday Jun 26 09:51 PM

isn't that what they make gin out of?



wolf  Tuesday Jun 27 09:12 PM

Dude seems to be very into birding. I don't recognize the neighborhood either, ut, but then again, I don't get out much.



wolf  Tuesday Jun 27 09:46 PM

Map to the videographer's house ... can anyone put roads to the image?

People post the dumbest stuff to the internet, because they think they're anonymous.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 28 12:00 AM

North Grange.



Ibby  Wednesday Jun 28 12:13 AM

A-haw-haw-haw.



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