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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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Murmurations tend to be mobile, lasting just a few weeks in a suitable location before moving on.
The best time to find Starlings is at dusk when flocks known as murmurations wheel over the lakes ahead of descending into the reeds to roost.
There are loads of wildlife spectacles including swirling starling murmurations, the arrival of thousands of wild bewicks and whooper swans from Russia and Iceland and huge flocks of rare geese flying in to their overwintering grounds.
The birds were there and they flew not in flocks but clouds, murmurations.
In winter the reserve is home to flocks of wildfowl and waders and visitors can also watch impressive murmurations of starlings over the reedbed while enjoying a hot drink and a slice of cake in the wildlife centre's Glasshouse cafe.
Consider, for instance, the murmurations of starlings whose well-coordinated flocks of twisting and turning individuals give the impression of a spontaneous production of an aesthetically pleasing figure being traced out 'on the fly,' as it were.
LEFT: Murmurations over Brighton Pier, by Peter Stevens.
From hundreds of thousands of migrating swans and geese to starling murmurations, otters and urban badgers, the series will examine what makes this year different from other autumns, asking how the unsettled summer has affected our wildlife.
The road trips between saw murmurations ofstarling, kettles of hawk, and murders of crow.
Starlings perform incredible aerial displays called murmurations, when hundreds or thousands of birds collect at dusk.
In several cases, he pulls this off with aplomb, as when he deftly draws on social science, physics, video games, social media and Serena Williams to explain how murmurations (starling flocks) can fly in formation without careening into each other and how this applies to humans performing collective movements.
Summary: Starlings have returned to Israel forming rare murmurations in the skies.