Monday, November 21, 2011

The Birds....

     Texas has a large population of Great-tailed Grackles.  When I say that it is a "large" population, I really mean LARGE.  Like something from Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds.
     Leaving the grocery store the other night, there must have been millions of them lining all three lines on the light and phone poles for at least three blocks.  They were on the tops of houses, filling the trees, and covering the grass between streets and sidewalks.

     In one sense it was just incredible to see them.  Landing on the power lines and each shuffling down so that they were all the exact same distance from each other.  Listening to their chatter and calls, we could hear them even with the windows rolled up, and over the horrible noise the car is currently making because it needs new bearings in the power steering pulley.

    But then I think of Hitchcock... and his birds... and realize how Creepy it really is, and we hurry home, looking over our shoulders to be sure we aren't being followed.

     I wonder if Hitchcock had been in Texas when he wrote the script...

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