Turdus migratorius & Sturnus vulgaris revisited
- View SourceThe great American Robin and European Starling convocation at the north end
of Lake Mendocino (as first anounced in a post last Sunday) continues
unabated every evening beginning at about 4:45 and reaching its climax
sometime before 5:15.
In drizzly wet weather the show is attenuated but on brighter days it is
truly astonishing. It turns out that the best place to view is standing
right in the middle of Marina Dr. near the Kyen Campground entrance which
places you dead center in the middle of the nightly roost.
I have come up with no satisfactory analogy but my recurring images while
watching those swirling birds are of a fireworks display; of looking into
the Milky Way through a rich field telescope and of "special effects" a la'
George Lucas. Bring some children.