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Signs of the Season

Swarming blackbirds search for an overnight resting place adjacent to the Walmart parking lot in Hurricane on Wednesday, September 20th.

The annual fall migration of blackbirds through Putnam County did not wait for autumn’s official arrival at 2:50 a.m. on Saturday, September 23. A large swarm on blackbirds arrived in Hurricane just prior to dark on Wednesday, September 20.

A large swarm of blackbirds is called a murmuration. Murmurations are typically composed of large numbers of red-winged blackbirds with smaller numbers of starlings and grackles mixed in.

Birds of the feather truly flock together.

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