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Living here(Illinois) all of my life I just thought this was normal all over the US until people liviing elsewhere gets alarmed. This generally starts in early December and goes on daily for a couple of months, mostly in the early AM. On my morning commute home around 6:30 AM they look like fast moving dark clouds in the distance.

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I used to see flocks like that when I lived in Indiana, they would go for miles.

BTW, how did you embed that video? I thought we could only embed youtube vids....

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---------- Post added December-8th-2011 at 07:32 PM ----------

No it's not.


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Don't know why, but I thought stuff like that was more bat like then bird like. Why we're the birds doing that anyway? just messin around???


Starling flocks, it turns out, are best described with equations of “critical transitions” — systems that are poised to tip, to be almost instantly and completely transformed, like metals becoming magnetized or liquid turning to gas. Each starling in a flock is connected to every other. When a flock turns in unison, it’s a phase transition.
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Anyone Live in Rockville, Md?

Every year the birds would fly over in giants smoke like columns for a few days... land in the parks and crap on everything in site.

the cops would blast shotguns in the air to scare them off b/c the mess was just god awful.

It was pretty cool to watch, though...

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