I have seen smallish flocks (1-2000) in Dubbo over the years. They have been an
ongoing problem there, due to their roosting in the street trees in the CBD.
The council there has tried to control them over the years, but after every
attempt, they are back within a year or so. Trying to control starlings, like
most avian pest species, is rather like putting your hand into a bucket of
water, pulling it out again and expecting to see a hole in the water.
On 12/11/2012, at 12:04, Jim Smart <> wrote:
> Hello Birding-Aus people,
> One of the most wondrous sights in nature is watching a very large flock (a
> of starlings wheeling around in continuously variable pattern at dusk in late
> 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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