First I heard the geese .. the cats were glued to the glass doors... looking at what I could not see.
I went to the sunroom and slid open the glass doors then we all heard them .. the starlings.
At first I could just see a few flying around in the back yard, coming in from the fields beyond ... then they got louder ... then I saw more ... and more ... a huge black cloud of black birds .
A Murmuration ... they swoop and swirl and fly into the sky then down into the tree tops and stay a short while then as one they all lift off and fly on .. to wherever they are headed.
I have seen this twice now - in person. Once before on a video when I didn't even know I would be living in a house , much less out in the countryside.
It is mind blowingly wonderful ... Nature in it's glory ... the sight and the sound.
Here is a video , since you know I am not up to filming one of my own.
But the thing is ... they all do the same thing, make the same sound ... just different locations..
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."