they do this exactly at my son's house in Eagle Creek on spring migration.
Small flock lands in top of huge maples.
Flies around, goes to the ground, etc.
Bob OBrien Carver OR
On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 12:22 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
> While birding with former Sisters, Oregon birder, Sally Johnsen today, we
> saw a flock of mid-sized birds fly in from about 150 feet and land near the
> top of some huge Fremont cottonwoods on The Tubac Golf Course, in Arizona.
> I said what the heck are those. Sally said Starlings - which was
> reasonable, but when we got our binculars on them, they were a flock of
> about 15 meadowlarks. (Both Eastern and Western occur in the area.) I
> have never seen meadowlarks flying high, landing and appearing content high
> in a tree. The leaves on the cottonwoods are still small, though growing
> rapidly, giving us clear looks at the birds.
> I think this is another example of not assuming that a reported bird that
> is acting in a way that one doesn’t expect to have been a mis-identification
> Jeff Gilligan
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