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Niwot migrations: Birds of a feather fly great distances together

 

November 10, 2021

Kristen Arendt

During migration periods, starlings fly together in a fluid mass, a phenomenon known as murmuration.

Hundreds of Canada geese take off from the mowed fields around Dodd Reservoir where they have spent the day browsing for food. The evening sky is going purple after a clear day. Some of these geese make a fuss, honking as they take off. Others silently glide away, the turmoil of a disordered flock resolving into a giant V-formation that disappears into the distance. But where are they going?

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