Birds of a feather flock together
Power lines are like trees, helping to provide safe and high perches for birds. It is also a resting area to survey the area below for predators, to find mates or food sources. The flocking of birds is a behavior called “staging” as they sit close together when in the amidst of migration.
Birds such as these starlings face the same way into the direction of the oncoming wind making it easier for taking off and landing and communicating. As long as they are only in contact with one power line, they are not forming a complete circuit, therefore electricity does not flow through them. Also, they are not good conductors of electricity.
It is always fascinating to watch these birds congregate and huddle on power lines, like waiting for a concert. Birds are social animals and like to interact with each other.
The feet of perching birds are adapted to grabbing onto branches and power lines by locking their toes around. They can be seen at dusk or sunrise and late summer and early or late fall.
Birds on a wire
JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT