To anyone who has not yet been to the
event of the swallows returning to the cornfield I greatly encourage you to
make the trip to see this amazing wonder. What a discovery this is.
Imagine looking overhead at a clear sky and seeing
mosquitoes flying everywhere you looked and packed as closely together as
possible with more joining them from every
direction. Then, in a mass agreement they decide to swirl together and
fall by the hundreds into the gigantic cornfield and you can see all the
back dots falling individually like big raindrops. They drop in great
numbers, sort of one swirl at a time and suddenly all the birds are gone from
the sky. Doris Fitchett, the discoverer of this wonder, and
Steve Kinder, the poster who keeps us updated on the event, have
seen them rise and leave the cornfield in the morning and said in three minutes
all the birds are gone.
If it was even possible to photograph this
occurrence the pictures could not cover it. It is similar to the Sandhill
Cranes but you hear no sound from the birds.
Steve recently posted, "probably 200,000+
put on quite a Show as they swirled over the cornfields at Dusk. The next 2 - 3
weeks it should be spectacular as long as the corn is still standing and there
is a mostly clear sky." As you see there is still time to see these birds. The Columbia
Audubon gathered 23 people who made the trip Tuesday to the area located
South and West of Pershing State Park. Please find directions in an
earlier post by Steve.
This unusual annual phenomenon should be on the, Natural Events
Calendar, from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Lake Ozark, MO