murmuration


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murmuration

(ˌmɜːməˈreɪʃən)
n
(Zoology) a collective term for starlings

Murmuration

 of starlings: a flock—Lydgate, 1470.
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Noun1.murmuration - a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
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Wrapping up and going to see a starling murmuration is well worth the effort.
Murmuration Brendan Duke 7th, 7f 2yo maiden, Curragh, October 11 This stable had a couple of good performers in maidens during the week and this filly was probably the pick of them.
A similar murmuration of Swallows was filmed at RSPB Conwy this weekend.
As a child growing up locally, I remember with great affection the wheeling clouds of starlings above Huddersfield on summer evenings; the whistling and the whirring, the ever-changing patterns as the murmuration rode the warm air above the town.
The photography competition is part of the trust's arts programme which has already seen a large mobile - 'A Murmuration of Starlings' - installed in the main entrance to the hospital.
Much like a murmuration of starlings in flight, the synchronisation and behaviour of thousands of birds gives rise to complex patterns that also have an amazing simplicity to them," said Dr George.
The inspiration for the element came from a natural avian phenomenon, a murmuration, which is what happens when a large flock of starlings moves in unison, according to the Foundation.
The creation of this team is a result of murmuration, the company's program to crowd-source ideas from workers.
She beams, for example, as she recollects that "in Brighton the other day, I saw a murmuration of starlings flying together in formation.
The opener, Murmuration, accentuates the trio of equals and the band moving individually but as one.
See also York's A Murmuration of Starlings (Southern Illinois U.