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I live in central Oklahoma. This time of year I see very large flocks (up to 200 birds) flying in a V formation. They are large birds, but definitely not geese. They don't fly like geese and have shorter necks. From the ground, They appear all black. Do you have any idea what they are?

Thanks,

Jo

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In a V formation, there aren't many choices. If they have shorter necks, they are almost certainly ducks. They look black just because you probably cannot see color against the sky.

More info: waterfowl and cranes are really the only choices here. If they have shorter necks than geese, fly in a V of up to 200 birds, they are almost certainly ducks. Now, if they were in a line or they had longer necks, there are other possibilities.  

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Any and all questions about WILD birds - not caged, domestic or poultry. Can answer questions about identification, taxonomy, behavior, courtship, plumage, flight, or anything else. Wild birds only, please.

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Taught ornithology (the study of birds) at the university level for 30 years. Have written five books on birds, published 30 scientific articles, write a blog on birds, have the website www.ornithology.com, lectured to hundreds of groups on birds,and have traveled to 90 countries studying birds.

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Real Simple Magazine, Enterprise-Record, and several ornithological and ecological journals.

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PhD in Zoology with emphasis in ornithology.

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Professional Achievement Award, Jack Rawlins Chair of Environmental Literach.

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