A Murmuration of Starlings

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Subject: A Murmuration of Starlings
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:04:27 +1100
Hello Birding-Aus people,

One of the most wondrous sights in nature is watching a very large flock (a murmuration) of starlings wheeling around in continuously variable pattern at dusk in late autumn.

Some photos of this can be seen in today's Guardian:

Video of the phenomenon obtained by entering "Starling Murmuration" into Google. The largest murmuration claimed
is for a flock of 2 million birds in Denmark.

I have seen this wonderful sight in England and France. I have a recollection of seeing in the distance somewhere near Mudgee NSW a wheeling flock of starlings. That was about half a century ago when I was a uni student.

Can anybody on Birding-Aus tell me if there are places in Australia where one can still see a murmuration of Starlings?


Jim Smart
East Maitland NSW

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