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walkabout Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2020 3:07 p.m. PST

This is a fantastic video of flocks of starlings (did't know they were called Murmurations, great name)

Also one of the girls has a great name for a Western character, Liberty Smith and her companion has a great name for a Victorian character, Sophie Windsor Clive. They'd make a great pulp or steam punk team.

walkabout Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2020 3:20 p.m. PST

The team of Liberty Smith and Sophie Windsor Clive have the power to communicate with starlings. Like Squirrel Girl. They're called the Murmurators.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2020 4:42 p.m. PST

No one expects a murmuration of starlings!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2020 8:22 a.m. PST

I've seen smaller groups do that but never so many at once. Simply fascinating.


Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2020 9:41 a.m. PST

I remember standing on a bridge in Barataria watching a humongous flock of tree swallows going overhead. It took the better part of ten minutes for the whole flock to pass by and I thought it was the largest bunch of birds I would ever see in my life.

That murmuration of starlings was much, much, much, much bigger.


P.S. I mean bigger

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jul 2020 11:33 a.m. PST

I saw one such murmuration about 40 years ago near Criccieth in North Wales. Started just after the sun dipped below the horizon and only stopped as the last of the light went. Absolutely amazing experience.

Problem was I was watching it from the edge of a field I needed to walk across to get back to the camp site from the pub. By the time it stopped I couldn't see where I was walking and it took me an hour to get back to the tent.

Don Manser27 Jul 2020 12:11 p.m. PST

We get them here in the Fall but not as large as that one.

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