Travel Theme: Multiples

Ailsa’s theme this week is MULTIPLES.   As soon as I read this, I knew which picture — one I took last Thursday — I would have to post.

However, when I downloaded the photos a few days later, the photos weren’t the best.  I was just too far away, with no opportunity to get closer.   I took this shot while at a gas station.  The tree was in an adjacent field, but there was a fence and a dog between us.

Although I’ve seen large flocks of birds before, I have never seen this many gathered in one place.   Although they were a distance away, if one listened carefully, trying to ignore the sounds of interstate traffic, you could hear the flock’s loud squawking.

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place: Somewhere in Tennessee

Here is an enlarged area of the same photo.  That was a large tree.   That was a lot of birds!   I would not have wanted to be standing under that tree!TheStarlings-Magnified

I think I understand a bit more about what might have been the genesis of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

While these were probably starlings, not crows, seeing them did remind me of this video I saw about a year ago.  In case you think that birds are stupid, watch this:  Crowboarding!   You don’t have to understand a word of Russian — or crow song — to enjoy this.

Be sure to check out what others have submitted for Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week.  You can participate too by posting a photo that contains your interpretation of “Multiples” and leaving a link on Ailsa’s blog, Where’s My Backpack?
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14 responses to “Travel Theme: Multiples

  1. That is a lot of birds and how clever is the roof boarding bird…love that video Anne

  2. That is one bird too many for my liking 🙂 Appreciate the pingback Ann 🙂

  3. Great photos, and I love that video 😀

    Thanks for the pingback

  4. Wow…that’s an incredible number of birds! And that video of the pigeon (or whatever it is) is amazing that it would do that!

    • It’s a crow. Crows are incredibly smart. Scientists who have studied them have observed some flocks that know the days/routes of garbage trucks! I have frequented a beachside cafe where the waitress swears that the crows only like real sugar & splenda, and will leave the pink & blue artificial sweetners alone. She also claimed that they preferred the grape jam over the strawberry, but would eat the strawberry if the grape was gone. Now those are smart birds!


    Amazing flock o birds!

  6. Anne Camille, I feel the same way about big flocks of birds; though I love them, I can never help thinking of Hitchcock’s The Birds! Nice capture for the challenge. 🙂