Monday 14 November 2016

What Is a Murmuration?

Actually, what I wanted to write about was something I saw today for the first time and a fellow out for a walk suggested the birds might be starlings. So I searched for a flock of such and

                                         What Is a Murmuration?

seems to fit the "bill"

Each photo shows less than a third of the birds present - maybe 1000 starlings? Very noisy, even for me being deaf. Hardly what I would call a murmur - even if they were quiet while flying.
Post Script: An HD video of a murmuration in England - approx 4 miuntes long

And how does one count birds - or stars for that matter. One uses a grid.  If you are having trouble sleeping try counting starlings!



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