I just noticed these birds last Friday as we passed this very familar pond on HWY 102. My two boys were baptized in this pond many years ago.
Our local universary ECU uses the colors purple and gold. At first I thought someone must have put them there to welcome the team home from an away game or something. Someone informed me that they have been there since before Christmas.
When we passed there late on Friday, I thought there were more purple birds and they were much harder to see speeding by the pond on Hwy 102. Today we turned onto the dirt road next to the pond, and I only saw these.