I hope this doesn't become known as the "videos of flocking birds" blog. This next clip I filmed in late December is amazing. It shows a flock of hundreds (thousands?) of European Starlings all trying to pack into one small Eastern Redcedar across the street from my house. The problem is there are far more birds then can fit in the tree and at some points it starts to get pulled down. You have to see this to believe it!
By the way, Starlings are just about my least favorite bird, living up to their scientific came (Sturnus vulgaris). Non-native, and introduced into NYC's Central Park over 100 years ago by some Shakespeare freaks (seriously), they are now widespread across the U.S. and a major nuisance. On a positive note, if you ever manage to find yourself near a huge flock of them, the sounds they give off are absolutely amazing. Other than that... when it comes to non-native species, I hear they make great food for a pet snake. For real.