[texbirds] This morning at Highland Mall - Austin

  • From: Dan Smith <dan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 08:44:00 -0500

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I awakened quite unintentionally at about 5:30 this morning, and since I was 
awake and it's a short drive decided to see what the morning departure of the 
Purple Martins would be like. It is as impressive as the return in the evening. 
In fact, it is amazing how many birds can leave from so few trees. When I got 
there, it was still quite dark, but there was much activity. I suspect there's 
a good bit of stirring throughout the night with movement of fairly large 
groups of birds from tree to tree almost constant. It certainly was that way 
until the dawn, and then they started to leave in vast waves. But even though 
many would leave, their numbers in the trees didn't really seem to diminish 
until near the end. One indication, however, was the sound, which gradually 
faded into almost silence.

I found it stirring in a way that I could witness one of nature's real 
spectacles in an empty mall parking lot.

Dan Smith

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