This video from England says about itself:
The starlings are an astonishing thing to see – Near Oxford – England. This was filmed at an RSPB reserve called Otmoor. It is the most remarkable thing I have ever seen – and as a video cameraman I have seen some pretty amazing things.
BirdLife in the Netherlands has declared that 2014 will be the Year of the starling.
Starlings are still rather common birds. However, since the 1980s, their numbers in the Netherlands plummeted 60%.
BirdLife wants to investigate in 2014 what are the causes of this decline, and what may be done about them.
At the end of November 1913, there will be a Year of the starling Internet site. Or rather: it is already there, but will become more active then.
- Starlings help Dutch cattle, videos (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Starling Murmuration (30th October 2013) (fishingandwildlifenews.com)
- Feisty starlings say goodbye to Scotland for the winter with rude formation (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Murmurations (alvecotewood.wordpress.com)
- Photograph of starlings over Carmarthen captures top photography prize (walesonline.co.uk)
- Starling, You Were Right (jackadreams.info)
These massive flocks are completely astounding. I’ve never seen a really huge one, but they are almost like a single moving creature… RH
They do that by always watching the bird next to them 🙂
Is that when the final bird panics because it has no bird next to it to watch, so it changes direction and all the rest follow suit until the final bird… ad infinitum?
“Starlings join forces for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird amidst a hypnotising flock of thousands.”
Wow and how good is that is so right!!! Simply amazing and awesome. Thanks for posting this. Natalie 🙂
Yes, they are beautiful and interesting birds.
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