Birds in mayhem during eclipse

Today at 2.35pm, we had a partial eclipse in New York. If you didn’t know about it, then you couldn’t have been listening to the news, because the event has been widely publicized, as it’s the first total eclipse for most of the USA in ninety nine years.

We thought we’d watch it from our deck, which overlooks the canal at the Oxbow and is facing due south. There really wasn’t much to see, until — hundreds of small birds, mostly sparrows, descended onto our garden fence, and then flew in and out of our pine tree. They were noisy and very agitated. I guess they roost there normally, although I’ve never noticed them before.

Here they are, all lined up, chirping away!  I can just imagine what they were saying!  “Oooh! Roger, who switched the light off?”  “Are the pubs open now?”  “Crumbs! What happened?” “Hoi! Stop messing about!”


There were many birds more than in the photo, but I wanted to get a closeup.

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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