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. . . . .and some of these flocks appeared to look like shorebird flocks I've seen in Texas (like Dowitchers, etc.). So, is it ever possible to name any of the "high up in the sky"  birds like those?
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    From: Hazelwood, Susan <[log in to unmask]>
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    Date: Friday, November 01, 2002 10:08 AM
    Subject: Re: birds overhead
    
    
    Cat & Others,
     
    I was just reading Evelyn's email and wondering the same type of thoughts.
     
    Double-crested Cormorants appear black and usually fly in a V shape. The Snow Geese seem multi-colored (blue, white and black) but mostly white. I think of their flight pattern as being those repetitive long wavy lines, often seemingly bowed forward in the middle part of the line, as though the winds changed their ability to hold a straight line. The American White Pelicans are large, white but with the black wing tips occasionally showing. They circle up catching thermals, in the process appearing and disappearing from view. (How do such large birds in usually such large numbers simply disappear and then reappear in the sky?!)
     
    But I don't know how to pick out a flock of high-flying Greater White-fronted Geese. How do the rest of you know they're speckle-bellies?
     
    How about separating the different waterfowl one from another when they're on the wing? What do the hunters use as clues for identification. I know they talk about speed of wing beats and depth of the wing stroke. But what goes with what species?
     
    Then there are those massive flocks of blackbirds. I can pick out the longer-tailed Common Grackles and the triangular shape of the wings of the European Starlings, but how do you separate the Red-winged Blackbirds from the Brewer's Blackbirds from the Rusty Blackbirds from the Brown-headed Cowbirds when they're in a large flock and on the wing?
     
    Any thoughts from others on the visual, and perhaps auditory, clues you use to separate flocks of birds that are high overhead?
     
    Susan
    Susan Hazelwood
    Columbia, Boone county, MO 65203
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        From: Jack & Cathie [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
        Sent: Friday, November 01, 2002 9:29 AM
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        Subject: overhead
        
        
        Today 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!
         
        Cathie Foster
        Flemington, MO
        Polk County
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