Monday, January 18, 2010

Hundreds of Thousands

We have the privilege of living right under the daily path of hundreds of thousands of birds (still haven't figured out what kind they are). They fly above us bound east at dusk and back home to the west at dawn. I finally got to film them yesterday afternoon.
Music: "Arietta" by Jan Garbarek
This one's for you Margie...

43 Lovely Comments:

Blogger kt_kthx said...

Wow, there are so many! What a blessing.

1/18/2010 11:23 AM  
Blogger Ulla V. said...

It's almost like a little ballet. It's very fascinating and elegant when SO many birds flap their wings at the same time. :))

1/18/2010 11:31 AM  
Blogger Ana said...

It looks like you have bats!

1/18/2010 11:41 AM  
Blogger Heather T. said...

Bats? Or Vauxhall Swifts?

1/18/2010 11:42 AM  
Blogger heather said...

that's what i was thinking....BATS

1/18/2010 12:45 PM  
Blogger Geninne said...

Nope, not bats. Saw them up close. Although that would be awesome too!

1/18/2010 12:59 PM  
Blogger Deneme said...


1/18/2010 1:46 PM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

thank you geninne
my mom would have really loved to see them
but maybe she is already looking at them from a very different perspective

1/18/2010 1:59 PM  
Blogger Ilustrasole said...

Geninne, your blog is amazing....I like to visit it and kwow all the great things you do. And I love Turbo!!!
Regards from Chile

1/18/2010 2:04 PM  
Blogger ariadne said...

Great video and lovely music!Thanks for dedicating this to Margie!Ariadne from Greece!

1/18/2010 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Could they be starlings?

1/18/2010 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

yes, starlings. They fly to "dormitaries" at dusk,where thet make a lot of noise until it is quite dark (and a lot of something else underneath,too), and fly away at dawn. At least that's what they do here in Europe.

1/18/2010 2:20 PM  
Blogger ach! said...

Wow! Birds plus Jan Garbarek :) He's a polish composer so regars from Poland :) Pozdrawiam. ach!

1/18/2010 2:26 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

This time of year, starlings, grackles, and cowbirds flock together, especially at dusk. I see them here around cornfields and large hedge trees (their roost). It's really neat to see them lift off and take flight together; they undulate like fish!

1/18/2010 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Alex Louisa said...

I used to have something like this where I used to live (on the Gold Coast, Australia) every night at dusk, but for me it was flying foxes! They fly much more slowly than these birds of yours though :)

I can't believe I never drew them!

1/18/2010 2:57 PM  
Blogger Dolores said...

Wow, that sure is a lot of birds.

1/18/2010 3:38 PM  
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1/18/2010 4:09 PM  
Anonymous kimberly said...

How perfectly appropriate you, the amazing bird artist, have moved to where these wonderful birds bless your day, everyday!!! God revealed!!! Did you know about these birds before you moved? You are not going to believe this: the word verification I'm asked to type is "wingt". What a coincidence. Thanks for sharing, HUGS!

1/18/2010 4:15 PM  
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1/18/2010 6:04 PM  
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1/18/2010 7:41 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

So wonderful to see!
Your lot looks spectacular, Geninne!
Can not wait to see the new house go up!!

1/18/2010 7:51 PM  
Blogger pklaw said...

The birds are amazing - you will have to post when you find out what they are. But the sky - simply gorgeous!

1/18/2010 8:49 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Beautiful! I wonder if they could be purple martins?

1/18/2010 11:58 PM  
Blogger therese said...

That is amazing! And nice to hear Garbarek on a foreign site - who by the way is norwegian, not polish (his father was from Poland) :)

1/19/2010 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Séverine said...

I love the color of the clouds and i imagine the sound of all those birds... that's beautiful !

1/19/2010 12:34 AM  
Blogger Giorgia said...

In Rome (Italy), just above the major train station and in other parts of the city, everyday at sunset millions of starlings begin to fly in formation, creating incredible pictures and shapes in the sky. You can watch them in this video
Gennine, thank you for your work and for your blog, it enlights my day when I'm sad and fulfills my joy when I'm happy.
Kiss from Italy!

1/19/2010 2:14 AM  
Blogger simply blue said...

How fitting that you are now in a place with so many birds!!! Was meant to be!

1/19/2010 4:13 AM  
Blogger Kirstin said...

Amazing. And the sky is so beautiful too.

1/19/2010 5:58 AM  
Blogger Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

It's like it's snowing sideways. What a beautiful moment to capture.

1/19/2010 6:41 AM  
Blogger Lucia said... beautiful!

1/19/2010 8:00 AM  
Blogger Hovawart said...

That was amazing,the way your video captured "the end."

What part of the world are you in? Starlings are regarding kindly in Europe (where they are apparently native) and unkindly in the US (because they are introduced and decimated native populations). But we can still enjoy looking at them.

1/19/2010 8:48 AM  
Blogger KarenHarveyCox said...

I just got this e-mail from you. This is amazing. Has this always occurred or a recent event? Really interesting, wonder what they know that we don't!

1/19/2010 10:28 AM  
Blogger Zulka said...

Pozdrowienia z kraju rodzinnego Jana Garbarka. Dziękuję za cudną chwilę wytchnienia i zadumy...

1/19/2010 10:55 AM  
Blogger Ale said...

Sin duda: ¡Música para tus oidos!

Gracias por compartir!


1/19/2010 5:26 PM  
Blogger Joel Henriques said...

yep, Vaux's Swifts is what I'd say. here'a video I did of them in Portland, OR. they come through every september.

1/19/2010 10:08 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

This is incredible! And the sky is unreal. Thank you for sharing this great clip

1/20/2010 7:20 AM  
Blogger Sarah Jane said...

This is amazing. It totally gave me a gasp of fresh breath this morning. Completely inspiring! I grew up below a Canadian geese path...I had forgotten how breathtaking it is to watch birds on their path. Thank you!

1/20/2010 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Kerri said...

That is so extraordinary! I love the music you put with it too. I don't think I've ever seen so many birds at once and how amazing that all of a sudden it all ends. Thanks so much for sharing!

1/21/2010 9:06 PM  
Blogger jennifer lorton said...

Two things. Amazing, what an astonishing quantity of birds, and how wonderful that they fly over your house. Secondly, beautifully shot. The clouds and the weeds with the birds flying by, just lovely.

1/24/2010 4:17 PM  
Blogger colette said...

if you are in vancouver, canada, which i am, they are ravens. they go over our house twice a day. amazing.

1/25/2010 8:46 AM  
Blogger monkeyandsquirrel said...

my husband and i live right on some bird path as well. at 5 o'clock everyday they fly by and occasionally all stop on our, and our surrounding neighbors, trees. it scares the heck out of our puppy, and sometimes me :)

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