Look up: spring is here!

I was on the road between Chicago and St. Louis again this past weekend, and saw something that amazed me and said to me "Spring Is Here!":

The largest flock of migrating birds I have ever seen. Just HUGE. They crossed the highway just as I was arriving.


These images capture only a portion of what I saw... maybe a third? So imagine everything here tripled and you'd get a better sense of the scale.

As I approached the flock (is that the right word? It doesn't convey the enormity of the thing) I was in awe, and only after I had passed partially under it did I realize that my phone camera would probably be useful here.

Geese? I wish I could ID them...

They were heading west, to what destination I wonder? I have seen large bird populations before (Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska) but those were on the ground, not in the air.

If I had had my DSLR with me I would have pulled over to get some better photos.

Maybe I should have anyway, just so I could have enjoyed this sight for a while longer.

So impressive!

This reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie books that I read when I was younger, when they lived in Minnesota or South Dakota -- I'll have to read those again -- and Pa talked about huge flocks of migrating birds...


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Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (March 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM)  

Wow! I've seen big flocks but never that many.
they remind me of snow geese, white with black tipped wings, and Canada geese, beige with a light belly and darker wing tips.

outlawgardener  – (March 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM)  

How cool is that? Must have been awesome to have seen it in person! The birds must be right! Spring is near.

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (March 16, 2015 at 10:15 PM)  

Pretty amazing sighting...Let us know what you find out as you enquire further.

danger garden  – (March 17, 2015 at 12:06 AM)  

I got to experience something similar the last time I was headed out to Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island. It was amazing, I also should have pulled over as I couldn't take my eyes off the hundreds of birds in the sky. Good job on getting photos.

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