This video from Britain is called Amazing starlings’ murmuration.
Dutch NOS TV reports on birds counted during Euro Birdwatch 2015 today, in the Netherlands.
The Top Ten of bird species is:
1. Starling 50.990
2. Chaffinch 27.325
3. White-fronted goose 25.032
4. Meadow pipit 15.575
5. Northern lapwing 12.747
6. Grey lag goose 9250
7. Black-headed gull 8592
8. Common linnet 6834
9. Tundra bean goose 6221
10. Siskin 5208
Rare birds were counted as well: red kite 13 times, yellow-browed warbler six times, red-throated pipit four times, Eurasian penduline tit two times.
This is so fascinating and at the same time a little scary if they should get too close to you. It was as they were doing a dance with there own choreography.
Hi, thanks for your comment!
Each starling watches the birds next to it, and in this way the murmuration continues. Making it more difficult for birds of prey to focus on one individual starling.
Hi kitty, I see sparrows are not on the list, sadly 😦 Much decline hear too.
Hi, in the case of Euro Birdwatch, I think it is particularly because Euro Birdwatch especially counts migratory birds, while house sparrows are resident birds.
Ah, that explains it, thanks Kitty, I missed that 🙂
2006 article on house sparrows in the Netherlands:
After 2006, the decline seems to have more or less stopped:
Thanks kitty, that’s great 🙂 much appreciated.
My pleasure 🙂 Best wishes for you and your blog!
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