Re: [CALBIRDS] shape-shifting flocks
- People who model this sort of behavior view it as an 'emergent'
property, from a fairly simple set of basic behaviors followed by each
member of the flock (or school).
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- Years ago on my first trip to Texas (back in the 70s) I witnessed a huge
mixed flock of blackbirds at Laguna Atascosa NWR that was literally carpeting
the auto tour road in between "lifts". I crawled into the middle of it and
turned off the engine just to listen and experience it; it was almost like being
in Hitchcock's movie!
Mary Beth Stowe
San Diego, CA
In a message dated 12/1/2005 12:11:11 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Last week I witnessed an enormous flock of Starlings flying north at sunset
over I-80 over the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (between Sacramento and Davis).
I estimated the flock to be about a ½ mile long and averaged about 300 yards
wide. Given their tight formation, if the birds were about 2 ft apart from
each other (say, 1 bird every 4 sq ft), there would have been about 600,000
birds in this flock. They may have been tighter, and thus my estimate would
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