Undertoad Monday Jun 19 12:32 PM
6/19/2006: Sparrow flocks in Denmark
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".
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.
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.
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
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
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
Undertoad Sunday Jun 25 10:26 AM
Sparrows attack one single tree and almost destroy it
Trilby Sunday Jun 25 11:02 AM
That is a great example of the Universal Mind at work.
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
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
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?
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jun 28 12:00 AM
Ibby Wednesday Jun 28 12:13 AM