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Flying around Fairfield

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From page A10 | March 30, 2014 |

I live at the north end of North Texas Street. My backyard is next to one of Fairfield’s water reservoirs.

Out of my kitchen window I can see very large birds circling around, and getting up higher and higher without moving their wings. They seldom move their wings. They just glide around and around and get up higher with each turn.

My question is: Can these big birds see updrafts? How else can they find updrafts?

Ernst Bak

Fairfield

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  • LilMarch 30, 2014 - 12:50 am

    They find a column of hot air and ride it up. They can feel the change of temperature and the uplift as they fly through the air. As they are flying along, they encounter a current of hot air and use it to get uplift. Once they are out of the column, they can then glide down for long distances. Just like if you step on a street grate (like Marilyn Monroe). When a blast of hot air bursts through, you can feel it. If you had wings and a similar bone structure, you would probably be able to fly as well. Birds instinctively know that they would be able to use that blast of hot air to go up and and up and then move out of the column to drift down, covering huge distances if they want. Sorry for not using correct scientific terminology, I am just a bird enthusiast, not an expert.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 30, 2014 - 7:01 am

    I'll have what he's having!

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  • JagMarch 30, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Catching a Colum of hot air and lifting them self-up (wow) I did not know democrats and birds have some much in common

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 30, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Surely we have a resident ornithologist to explain all of this!

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  • patrickMarch 30, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    people walk----- birds fly----that should answer the question

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