Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trained Blue Jay Family - Ride Of The Valkyries

Ten Blue Jays in a family or "attack squadron" in the Backyard are being trained to feed in formation each morning from the Oak Tree to a peanut landing deck. These videos taken over two days show their progress so far - not exactly military flight precision, but they are getting the hang of it. Typically the first four or five hit their marks with the precision of Navy pilots making carrier landings and then things tend to break into chaos a bit - and a few impressive interlopers even join in!

The "Ride of the Valkyries" (German: Walkürenritt or Ritt der Walküren) is the popular term for the beginning of act 3 of Die Walküre, the second of the four operas by Richard Wagner that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen that is perfect for this video. As a separate piece, the "Ride" is often heard in a purely instrumental version, which may be as short as three minutes. Together with the "Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin, the Ride of the Valkyries is one of Wagner's best-known pieces. Courtesy of the YouTube audio library.

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