There have been times - and doubtless there will be again - when I am awe-struck by the amazing discipline starlings can exhibit when, mainly during the winter months, they come together in those amazing murmurations
and proceed to baffle us with the fantastic patterns they proscribe in the air.
Monday Naturebang BBC Radio 4, 1.45pm Starling murmurations
, those swirling, shifting sky-patterns made by hundreds of birds moving in synchrony, are one of nature's greatest spectacles.
While we all know about starling murmurations
, this bird table rowdiness makes starlings an allyear-round delight in our gardens.
Careful reed bed management has attracted starlings en masse: it is almost beyond belief that up to 200,000 of them can take part in dusk-time 'murmurations
', when they wheel and turn, almost as one, a sight to behold.
Careful reed bed management has attracted starlings en masse: it is almost beyond belief that up to 200,000 of them can take part in dusk-time "murmurations
", when they wheel and turn, almost as one, a sight to behold.
like this are becoming increasingly rare as the number of starlings visiting the UK dwindles.
1 In the autumn massive flocks congregate in what are known as murmurations
When he visited the Club previously, most members were entranced with his wild life photographs and the music he chose to bring them alive -an example being the Starling murmurations
over Rutland Water.
Schwartz, author of Only Others Are: Poems (Legible Press), World (Furniture Press), Thanking In Tongues (Hank's Loose Gravel Press), and the forthcoming Murmurations
(Wheeler Hill), writes to explore all our varied emotions of life--of love, longing, and loss; memory, sacrifice, and desire; struggle, joy and resolve.
Flocks of starlings (called murmurations
) spin and dive above the fields.
Also, cats, dogs, amusing farmyard animals, murmurations
, giant butterflies, trees and waterfalls, seabed oddities, and endangered species, shot against backdrops of eye-popping scenery.
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.