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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hitchcock at the Farm

Great writers and film makers are often inspired by real-world occurrences and the late, great Alfred Hitchcock was no exception. Actually, his movie was based upon a short story by British novelist, Daphne du Maurier. But there's no doubt that both of them had in their life witnessed the fall migration of birds, often amassing by the tens of thousands to begin their trek south for the winter. The past few days here at the farm, we've witnessed cackling flocks of birds blackening the sky in a mile-long swath.
This morning, the sound became deafening drowning out the television and radio, so I went outside to check it out. Anyone who has been here knows the size of the pine tree in the front yard. That tree was entirely full of birds, along with just about every other tree on the property, the barn roof, the telephone and electrical wires. They began taking off in waves, one after the other. Their departure took nearly twenty minutes until there were few birds in sight.

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