In 1963 there was an Alfred Hitchcock movie entitled “The Birds,” that I just loved. It was about this quiet little town by San Francisco Bay which is suddenly, inexplicably, subjected to massive, organized bird attacks during the course of several days. In classic Hitchcock style, we are lulled into a sense of safety. The town is charming. Rod Taylor is attracted to Tipi Hedren, a city girl, and romance is in the air.
Then there are a few odd bird incidents that people are quick to write off. But, as the birds get organized, we begin to recognize a pattern. And this is where the movie gets good and creepy! One bird will land on a telephone wire, soon joined by several more. The scene progresses as the characters have a conversation. When next we see the telephone wire, there are literally hundreds of birds massed there. They all grouped together like this right before they would stage a savage attack on humans.
Here is how they appeared at the school.
So, the other morning, when I was sitting at my dining room table and heard a deafening cacophony of bird calls outside my balcony, I took notice. A HUGE black cloud of birds flew over my house, and settled in the front. I grabbed my camera and eased out the front door, so as not to spook them. There were hundreds of birds all up and down the block, picking at the ground.
Every time a car came by, they’d start flying, but, and here’s the spooky part, they’d stay together…
It was definitely difficult to capture a picture that would convey the sheer number of birds that composed this group, but here’s the best I could do.
There were far more than are depicted here, but I could only get so many in my camera lens. So, what do they want? Why did they all clump together like that? Are they planning an attack? Or, was it simply a coincidence that hundreds of birds landed in my neighborhood en masse, and blackened the sky and the yards? I don’t think so! All I’m saying is – keep your eyes open…and your head covered.