I stopped to take these pictures Tuesday morning on my way to work. These four images were taken within about a twenty minute span of time.
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Hundreds of grackles spend the early morning hours roosting on the patchwork of power lines and in the various trees that surround this intersection. From first light until shortly after sunrise, the noise filling the area is almost overwhelming as the birds call and scream, constantly launching and alighting and performing what I would have to describe as an almost hypnotic aerial ballet. By an hour later the assembly will have dispersed to prey on the garbage-strewn parking lots of the city, and the only remaining noise comes from the commuters running late to work.