Murmuration of Starlings
What is a Murmuration of Starlings? It really isn’t much except being a fancy way to describing a group of European Starlings that you might find together. The Encarta Dictionary says; mur•mu•ra•tion (noun) 1. murmuring – an act or sound of murmuring 2. starlings collectively – a flock of starlings! Many other critters have different names for describing there group gatherings. . . . here are a few my favorite examples; “a cloud of gnats”, “a walk of snipe” and “a band of gorillas”!! I wonder if the gorillas have hippy gorillas or monkeys who follow them from gig to gig??
This post regarding a Murmuration of Starlings started after a high school classmate of mine (Lisa) sent me a message that she “captured a bird video that she wanted me to see”! She let her dog out in the early morning (Friday, 11 Jan 2008) and saw all these birds up in the trees (then captured this video with her camera)! She told me that “her dog didn’t know what to think”! I will let Lisa’s video speak for itself!
I am not 100% sure at this point if she had captured a huge Murmuration of Starlings or a huge flock of blackbirds in her back yard?? But, I am strongly learning towards the Starlings! I remember as a kid a few hundred starlings gathering in my neighbor’s spruce trees and making a huge racket (similar to this video). Just before dusky the Starlings would fly together to there night-time roost and then suddenly stop making sounds as if it was a power switch!! It was amazing to see this event each evening and that was a time period when I wasn’t a birder. I can only imagine how Lisa felt when seeing these thousands and thousands of birds in her back yard (in Baltimore Maryland). I greatly appreciate that Lisa allowed me to use this video in my post and maybe if they return she could capture another clip of them?? Thanks Lisa!
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