(You can unsubscribe anytime), Co-authored by Deborah Rivel, owner of Wildtones, this book is a detailed insider’s guide to the best places to find birds in New York City and on Long Island in all seasons. Anyone watching the sky during autumn season knows that when birds migrate they fly in the formation of V shape. But no matter what a flock is called, it always has both benefits and problems for the birds that m… And there is a certain safety in numbers, as large flocks can confuse predators, making it difficult for them to pick off individual birds. Some bird species sleep (roost) together in large flocks for safety and/or warmth, but spend the days foraging more widely, alone or in small groups. Once the breeding season ends, birds start to gather for a number of reasons. It turns out, the solution comes from physics. When you come across a flock of birds this fall, try to determine why they are together. But gathering together gives them some protection from hawks. What is the special thing about them flying in this pattern? Computer simulations and mathematical models which have been developed to emulate the flocking behaviors of birds can also generally be applied to the "flocking" behavior of other species. A few species do, breeding in flocks as well as spending the winter in flocks; but most species split off into pairs for the breeding season, suddenly becoming aggressive to any unwelcome intruders, although they would happily have flocked with them a month earlier. This theory suggests that it is the sensitive reactions to these extremely low-frequency magnetic fields that help birds coordinate their flight patterns. They can have … Well, once upon a time no one had a clue, but now some very bright mathematicians and physicists from both Italy A main one is that flocking has its advantages. So why don’t birds live in flocks all the time? It’s hard to tell if they mind sharing, though it’s common to see cranes get into little spats with each other if one gets too close to his neighbor. A main one is that flocking has its advantages. This enables the flock to use less energy and reduces fatigue. Small birds on migration may be easy pickings for predators. Why do Flock of Birds fly in V formation? How is it that a giant, swirling mass of birds collectively “stick” together in a murmuration? They can have more eyes on the landscape for an early warning for others. Why do Starlings flock in murmurations? WILDTONES ® is a registered trademark of Wildsight Productions, Inc. With food at a premium during migration, a windfall may cause birds to gather around a communal resource. A recent theory is that all living creatures, including birds, have a disembodied electromagnetic consciousness. Researchers have also found that birds in a large flock do not follow a single leader in the flock. And, birds flock sometimes for the same reason humans end up in traffic jams — it’s not because we like sitting in traffic, it’s because we all are going to the same place! On migration, with lots of birds going the same direction, there can be a pile up. For example, Sandhill Cranes gather together in agricultural fields to eat the left-over grain after the farmers have harvested. But gathering together gives them some protection from hawks. This place is for me and my mate and no one else now. Join our newsletter list for articles about birdwatching, backyard birding and birds in general. V-shaped formations help birds conserve energy… But, does anyone wonder that why do the birds fly in a V shape in the first place? Small birds on migration may be easy pickings for predators. And, birds flock sometimes for the same reason humans end up in traffic jams — it’s not because we like sitting in traffic, it’s because we all are going to the same place! On migration, with lots of, Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island. It’s an interesting way to understand more about the birds in your area. Find out more. Top 5 Flocking Facts 1) When to watch Flocks may be different sizes, occur in different seasons, and may even be composed of different species that can work well together in a group. Flocks are so prevalent in some bird species that these groups of birds have special names, such as a raft of ducks, a charm of finches, a horde of ravens, or any other of the names for flocks of birds. Flocking is the behavior exhibited when a group of birds, called a flock, are foraging or in flight. Some birds, including swans, geese, cranes, pelicans and flamingos, form tight, V-shaped patterns, while others fly together in loose flocks. Example: Yes, I would like to receive emails from Wildtones . We'd love to have you in our flock! Once the breeding season ends, birds start to gather for a number of reasons. Known collectively as corvids, this group of medium to large-sized birds includes crows, ravens, jays, and magpies. Crows can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. Many bird species are gregarious and form flocks for different reasons. Copyright © 2020 Wildsight Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. This may be a form of epideictic display—similar to a murmuration of starlings and other birds as shown here, and to the predawn chorusing of howler monkeys. In the summer, most birds maintain a territory, and they defend it from other birds of the same species, making for less opportunity and desire to be in a flock together. Flocking also enables birds to fly further using less energy because when the strong leader bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the birds behind – each bird (except the leader) is flying in the up-wash from the wing of the bird in front. It’s a question that has baffled scientists since the dawn of objective observation. The American crow is widespread across the United States and across parts of Canada and Mexico, giving residents both urban and rural areas access to this particular wintertime roosting behavior. A dark flock of dunlins sprints straight over a marsh—until a merlin appears and they all veer at the same moment, flashing their bright white underparts and rearranging their group into an hourglass shape with shocking swiftness.