Well, four and and a quarter of twenty blackbirds, anyway, Brewer’s Blackbirds to be specific, and none baked in a pie. I drove out toward the airport to find birds to practice panning. The thousands of snow geese in the rice fields along the levee road that I saw on Thursday were gone when I drove by New Year’s Day so I continued across Highway 99 toward Garden Highway. I saw hundreds of blackbirds flying in a huge cloud over the fields so I found a safe place to pull over.
By the way, it was chilly for around here midday, in the low 40’s, and the cool weather gave me a chance to try out the heated steering wheel on my new Lincoln MKZ. That’s a feature I won’t easily give up.
As soon as I parked, the blackbirds settled onto the overhead wires and didn’t move again so I will have to get my panning practice another time.