This brings to mind an experience I had about 15 years ago. I was
working in Bonney St. Ainslie when I experienced what I am sure would
rank as a murmuration of starlings. I'm not sure what caused me to look
up (perhaps it was the noise) but when I did there were two huge globes
of starlings swirling around before merging into one giant cloud. I
recall I only had them in my view for a short time, perhaps 20 seconds,
before they were gone. Numbers? Well, obviously nothing like the swarms
in Tony's posting, but I am sure it would have been well into the
thousands. I'd certainly not seen anything like it before, or since for
that matter, though in recent times I have seen upwards of 200 starlings
perched on power lines before taking flight.
A sight once seen not forgotten, and I'm wondering if such swarms are
reported regularly or whether my sighting was a "one off".
On 11/02/2021 1:43 pm, john harris via Canberrabirds wrote:
> Yes, well I may not have a murmuration of starlings but right now the
> Gungahlin flock of 50 or so are destroying my plum tree. I don’t mind
> the silvereyes and the odd oriole and the young koel - in fact I am
> happy for them. But as for the descent of the starlings, well they can
> go back to Oxmoor.
> Murmuration….. I have thought of a few better words lately….
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