What bird could this be?

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What bird could this be?

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In the last week we have had massive flocks of migrating birds swirling over southern Burgundy, which we have not seen before.

There must have been a couple of thousand in the flock.

They were slightly bigger than a magpie in size, dark in colour, triangular tails and broad wings.

They were too high in the sky to get a good look at them.

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If there were thousands of them, then most likely to be eastern european starlings shifting over for winter.

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Dogrose wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:46 pm
If there were thousands of them, then most likely to be eastern european starlings shifting over for winter.
They weren't Starlings for sure, they were bigger birds than the Starlings we also see in flocks around here.

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Maybe lapwings? Sometimes they fly across from UK to France at this time of the year. Feed off the remains from maize harvest.

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They were probably migrating cranes which are much larger than magpies. They usually travel across France at the end of October or early November but this year they obviously were able to sense the deteriorating weather conditions and left early. I think they are called "grues" or something close to that. Every year we watch the V shaped squadrons fly by in their thousands; a superb sight.
There is at least one website devoted to their progress and history.

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They were definitely not Grues, because I see them also and they don't weave and spiral like theses birds do.

I did wonder about Lapwings but I can't see any white on them.

They flock like Starlings but they are bigger and have a different shape tail and wing.

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Did they look like this?

We used to see those moving clouds in the Gers and I thought they were lapwings but more likely starlings.

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Storks?

Much bigger than a magpie but it can be difficult to scale a bird in flight.

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PatF wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:44 pm
Did they look like this?

We used to see those moving clouds in the Gers and I thought they were lapwings but more likely starlings.
Yes, but they didn't swirl as quickly as those birds which I suspect are Starlings. These birds are certainly not Starlings, they are bigger with triangular tails and broad wings.

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