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  1. There are starlings here but I never see more than a few at any given place, and I never see their murmuration as the sun sets. I can tell you that no one parks under those trees
  2. Unfortunately no photo because this happens at evening/night and the only light source are street lamps. I'll do my best to describe it. This is in Corpus Christi Texas and has been going on for a month or two. On a stretch of highway (358) by, HEB, Target, Sam's Club, and other businesses there are thousands of small birds roosting in the trees of the parking lot. I don't see birds of these numbers during the day while I'm coming and going. The most common daytime bird around here are great-tailed grackles, but the birds in the trees are NOT grackles (I take that back, grackles do occupy a few of the trees but not nearly as populated and their calls sound different). I know Starlings gather in huge numbers in many parts and fly in their murmurations but I don't see starlings flying around before coming to land. Also, from the available light they don't look like starlings. They are swallow-like in flight and when in the tree they look like female/juvenile Purple Martins. I know Martins recently migrated and nested but I don't know how long they hang out in the area after fledging nor when the martins migrate away. Also, I have no idea if martins gather like this nor if these gatherings occur at other times of the year. Is there anyone living around here or have something similar going on where you live can help me
  3. Doesn't look like Great-tailed Grackles have been shown yet Female Male
  4. I heard that more and more are not rattling when disturbed because people are killing the ones that do. This is artificially selecting for the rattlers that don't rattle. This is leading to an increase of unfortunate run-ins. Not sure if this is still the case; I have seen a lot of signs about leaving the snakes alone and not killing them.
  5. After witnessing her siblings lose their wings as a consequence of their fallen paths, Odette vowed to always keep hers.
  6. Have you tried tickling it under its chin with your finger? It's an unforgettable experience.
  7. Although small, Squawks, the little Tugbird-That-Could, always tried his best one flap at a time when larger birds needed help. This earned him the respect of the older and larger tugbirds
  8. One of the best movies ever
  9. This guy? I assume its the same one I've seen hanging out here all summer. I honestly don't know, though. They all look the same to me. It don't talk much either.
  10. Same is true of Bison. Some people have their hearts set on earning a Darwin Award
  11. Poking beak through the throat, "This feels kinda awkward. Are you sure this is how live birth works? "
  12. 1st world problems: bird edition
  13. @xpoetmarcr's caption felt like a Far Side comic. And I love it. You win! As if one foot makes a difference. The question implies they are in the middle of water but they are on a branch, making you wonder what is below them out of frame. Ridiculous
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