September 27, 2005

Four and Twenty [Gazillion] Blackbirds.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 4:39 pm

Blackbird pie.jpgYesterday, as I went out for a morning walk, I could not help but notice that the neighborhood was full of blackbirds. They were on everyone’s lawn as well as raising hell in the trees. I assumed they were taking a feeding and rest stop on their way south.

One of my neighbors, a Haitian lady who apparently is new to the Northeast, saw me walking and asked, “What is with all these blackbirds? Are we in their migratory path?”

I answered that I assumed that to be the case.

However, I secretly thought it might be fun to say, “Oh no, this has absolutely nothing to do with migration. All these blackbirds are a sign of some extremely bad juju,” which I suspect would have seriously screwed up the woman’s day.

Sometimes I am just a regular gott-damned prince.


  1. It’s funny, Jim. .We had a flock of grackles (your blackbirds, I’m guessing) in our yard all day. I was watching them carefully and they were eating small acorns from some of the oaks surrounding the house.

    I see flocks like this every fall and, once I get past the noise they create, enjoy watching them as they move about like a school of fish–swooping and swirling from place to place. Sometimes they seem to be spooked by the shadows, a hawk, the neighbor’s cat, or a truck applying its breaks. What ever sets them off doesn’t scare them for long and they settle back down to their feeding.

    Comment by joated — September 27, 2005 @ 9:45 pm

  2. maybe alfred hitchcock had come back from the dead to film a sequel to “the birds”??

    Comment by mr. helpful — September 28, 2005 @ 12:31 am

  3. Joated – Yep, that describes them pefectly. They moved like a school of fish and were chowing down on whatever on lawns. Must be grackles. As you can see, I know about as much about boids as I do computers.

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — September 28, 2005 @ 3:42 am

  4. Better watch out Jimbo, they will shit on your head, Cat

    Comment by Catfish — September 28, 2005 @ 2:04 pm

  5. Jim,

    Perhaps a better response would have been, “What birds?”…

    Comment by Ed T. — October 2, 2005 @ 1:12 am

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