I looked out the window around dusk last evening – and what do you think I saw? Well, I could only say that it was a murmuration. It wasn’t a big murmuration but it was a murmuration nonetheless.
A murmuration, according to the Collins Dictionary, is: the act of murmuring… as in a murmuration of approving nods. (Not what I saw). It also mentions: a collective term for starlings but in truth, it’s so much more than that.
It’s just a ginormenous flock of starlings wheeling around the sky in joyful unison, a whirling dipping, ever-changing pattern, a grand phenomenon of nature… There are videos on Youtube, if you haven’t seen one yet, it’s worth watching this short one below from Life: The science of Biology.
– but back to last night in Harold’s Cross. My question is: How many starlings do you need anyway, to have a murmuration? These were definitely starlings and they were definitely flying in formation. They were wheeling and dipping and turning in unison and…
Fionnuala says that if you can count them, it’s not a murmuration. Well, when I first noticed them, sometime last summer, there was only six of them, but then there was sixteen. And then the other night, there was eighty-two! Now, come on – you must agree that this was a budding MURMURATION ! ?
Let’s have your observations in the Comments box down below.