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Bob, as usual, gives some great pointers. I add that the "old-timers'" name for Snow Geese is Wavies--after their flight formation. I do have to take exception, though, to Bob's onomatopaeic rendition of the Sandhills' calls. Kruck? Bob, cock that ear a little more. The Sandhills say Grrrrruuuuuuu, Gruuuuuuuu (rolling the r). It is thought that the Latin for the genus: Grus, is onomatopaeic It is one of the most exhilarating sounds in birddom! (Just got a fix of hearing more than 10,000 down in Oklahoma. yesterday). Edge Wade Columbia, MO [log in to unmask] On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 10:07 AM, Robert Fisher wrote: ArialCathy asks, Can you ID flocks of migrating birds flying high overhead?   ArialYes and no. You can often narrow down the possibilities and/or make a pretty good guess. For example, White Pelicans soar in revolving kettles. If you see a kettle of large white birds, you can be pretty sure they are pelicans. Canada Geese migrate in tight, orderly V's, rarely including more than 40-50 birds in a V. Snowgeese travel in long, wavy lines, which sometimes take the shape of a V, sometimes appear just to be a line. If you see a long, wavy line of sizeable white birds, they're probably Snow Geese. They often have many more birds in them the skeins of Canadas do. Sandhill Cranes almost always call when they migrate. Their deep "Kruck" call can be heard great distances. Sometimes you hear the call, look up and see nothing. You keep looking and finally find a skein of Sandhill Cranes incredibly high up.     Bob Fisher Independence, Missouri 1999,1999,FFFF[log in to unmask] ----- Original Message ----- From: 1999,1999,FFFFJack & Cathie To: 1999,1999,FFFF[log in to unmask] Sent: Friday, November 01, 2002 9:28 AM Subject: overhead 0000,0000,0000Today must be the day to look up: we continue to see large flocks of migratory birds overhead. They are a good distance up and unidentifiable to me. However, do others of you have experience in being able to ID birds when in this situation - or is it a time to just be in awe  of the event? The flocks vary in their coloring, flight habits, etc but didn't know if ID was suppose to be possible. Thanks!   0000,0000,0000Cathie Foster 0000,0000,0000Flemington, MO 0000,0000,0000Polk County 0000,0000,0000[log in to unmask] ________________________________________________ * Audubon Society of Missouri's * * Wild Bird Discussion Forum * *-----------------------------------------------* * To unsubscribe send the message * * SIGNOFF MOBIRDS-L * * to [log in to unmask] * * To subscribe send the message * * SUBSCRIBE MOBIRDS-L your name * * to [log in to unmask] * *-----------------------------------------------* * To access the list archives from July 2002: * * http://po.missouri.edu/archives/mobirds-l.html* #################################################