Tuesday October 11th 2011 Tim Candler
lay-about Starlings can sometime be mistaken for Cedar Waxwing.
I saw a small parcel of them in a Cedar Tree. I became excited,
and I walked closer for a peer at them. When they became alarmed
and when they flew I recognized my error. Unlike the European Wood
Wasp, Starlings were intentionally introduced to the American continent,
and they too flourished. Toward November Starlings begin to flock.
By January they become clouds that swarm, and of those things to see in
winter Starling Clouds invigorate.
It's probably childish and best
done when no one is looking. But as a rule a Starling Cloud can be
heard before it is seen. Which gives a person his chance to put on his
winter coat, and hide outside. The barn is not a bad spot, but it's an
impatient place because of the mess. Better to stand stock still
in the eave of a tree that keeps its leaves. This way you can watch a
Starling Cloud as it travels, and when it gets very close you can shout
loudly up at it and clap your hands. And if you are very lucky, A Starling
Cloud lands near to you which gives you your chance to risk a heart attack
by running around like a mental patient..