Even as I work the desk this week here in PD photo, I’m still getting out to shoot a photo here and there. Yesterday, I took an hour to photograph the mystery of the dead birds on Highway 101 near Geyserville. Thanks to some timely reporting from Steve Hart, it turns out the birds were hit by a semi-truck heading north. Now anyone who has lived here for at least a year, has witnessed starlings bunched together resembling a high velocity dark cloud. When big flocks of these birds get together and fly low, anything can happen. And it did on Saturday.

I had at least five calls Tuesday from television stations in the greater bay, one from Minneapolis and a station from Louisiana asking to use photos of the dead birds.

Hopefully, none of the birds suffered. And no, the world is not coming to an end. At least not in the world according to Kent.

But you know, this is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed that famous bird flick.

One of many dead starlings litter the side of Highway 101 at Independence Lane in Geyserville, Tuesday Jan. 11, 2010 after they were found last Saturday. Around 100 birds were struck by a tractor trailer and killed. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

One of many dead starlings litter the side of Highway 101 at Independence Lane in Geyserville, Tuesday Jan. 11, 2010 after they were found last Saturday. Around 100 birds were struck by a tractor trailer and killed. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter