Friday, September 17, 2010
What I thought was city dust and debris in the Tribute of Light beams on 9/11 were actually thousands of migratory birds disoriented by the powerful lights. I honestly had no idea that they were birds. Watch the video and you will probably be as amazed as I am. While it was a spectacular sight, I sincerely hope that the birds (the majority of them, at least) made it safely to their nesting grounds. I'm glad the Audobon Society took care to alert those in charge of the lights to turn them off once in a while to let the birds continue on their way. Though a few commenters on the NPR site pointed out that they gathered there because of all the bugs attracted by the light and therefore it was an enormous feeding station!