Thousands of local ‘ching-chings’ (also known as greater antillean grackles) perch on overhead lines in downtown George Town last week.

After being sent a video of the Hitchcockian scene on the waterfront, Geddes Hislop, curator of terrestrial exhibits and education programmes at the Cayman Turtle Centre, confirmed the birds were ching-chings, based on the “harsh, raspy calls plus the distinct vertical paddle-shaped configuration of the tails on the males”.

He said via email, “We can start looking out for swooping flocks of barn and cliff swallows coming through. Late September/early October is usually the start of (early) winter migration season, and the swallows are the first to pass through in numbers.”– Photo: Taneos Ramsay