[EBB Sightings] Mystery birds

[EBB Sightings] Mystery birds

Alan Howe
Wed Aug 30 17:59:13 PDT 2006
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    I observed similar birds and behavior (I can't
    remember how well defined the funnel was, though) over
    Berkeley a couple of times a number of years ago. The
    first time I couldn't get an Id, the second it was
    gulls (exact variety unknown).
    Sounds, though, like maybe the pelicans are the better
    bet.
    Alan Howe
    North Oakland
    
    --- Cymie Payne  wrote:
    
    > I saw an extraordinary sight on Monday, around 1:00
    > pm: about 40 large 
    > pale birds with very dark primary and secondary
    > feathers flying 
    > together, continuously swirling in a funnel shape as
    > though they were 
    > kettling but not gaining altitude and moving pretty
    > rapidly from north 
    > to south above Berkeley.  They didn't have the jizz
    > of a raptor, though 
    > I wouldn't rule that out entirely.  Unfortunately, I
    > was in a meeting, 
    > looking out the window, and so I couldn't leap up
    > for a better view.
    > 
    > I'm hoping someone can identify what I saw, based on
    > the behavior and 
    > distinctive markings -
    > 
    > Thanks for your help -
    > 
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