Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Mumuration of Starlings

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This video of a mumuration of starlings (in dutch = spreeuw), filmed in Ireland, has been going around the web ... but I loved it (and I want to look at it again and again),  so I'm posting it here with a couple of other sightings I found of other murmurations.


Murmuration by Sophie Windsor Clive

A murmuration in Hoograven, Utrecht in the Netherlands, on March 3, 2011:

Spreeuwenspektakel by tuurhoffmann

A full explanation of just what a murmuration is and why, is in this video shot in the UK in November, 2010:

Video filmed by UK wildlife cameraman, Dylan Winter

For more info on the European Starling see:
Wikipedia entry : European Starling (in english)

And in dutch:
Wikipedia entry: Spreeuw (in nederlands)

Many years ago, when I lived in North Florida, I once saw a small, but sizable, murmuration of starlings occur over an estuary on the Apalachee Bay. Needless to say, I was awestruck and felt blessed to see it!

:o)
Judy
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2 comments:

Patty said...

Those are just gorgeous examples of a murmuration!!
Thanks Judy. It must have been pretty amazing to witness one, even a small one, up close and personal.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

You're welcome Patty :)
It was a super cool experience!

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