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They sound like *Larus argentatus*. Were you in the United States of
America? They are abundant in North America. See:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Herring_Gull/id<http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Snow_Bunting/id>


On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 8:01 AM, telenaut <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  Rounded the top of a hill and a flock of small, mostly white birds took
> off, if thatís what you call hugging the airís bottom, hardly leaving two
> feet between their tails and dried grass. Their bodies and their wingtips
> were white. Their wing shoulders were winter sea grey blue.
> At first it seemed an ordinary bird flock. They took off in a slow wave,
> flew 30 yards, low, to what mustíve struck them as safer ground, then
> landed.
> Except they kept coming. Before the first, flock-like 30 birds had done
> their flying and landing, it slowly and steadily became obvious that there
> was a huge number more of these birds, coming from what appeared, just over
> the curve of the hill from where I stood, to be one tiny spot. Took several
> minutes (5?) for the whole collection of them to move. The only way I could
>  explain to myself what I was seeing was to call it the evacuation of an
> underground, or undersnow, communal nest of these white and grey air
> jackrabbits.
>
> Anyone recognize the description?
>
> --tn
>
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