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  • 7th February 2017 at 7:57 pm #108154

    just watching this on tv , the glorious, wonderful patterns that starlings make during this time of year, before they settle for the night, the skies are filled with the birds making fabulous patterns and shapes! The word apparently goes back to medieval times :rose:

    7th February 2017 at 8:56 pm #108218

    7th February 2017 at 9:02 pm #108224

    Thanks Stinky that’s the one!

    7th February 2017 at 11:06 pm #108284

    Put the expression on another thread, wonderfully descriptive :rose:

    7th February 2017 at 11:17 pm #108291

    Hi Bill can you just enlarge on that thought process I’m a bit puzzled ? :rose:

    7th February 2017 at 11:43 pm #108321

    A group of starlings, BV, a ‘murmeration’, for me, the word perfectly describes, the syncronized movement the groups make. :-)

    I mentioned the word, on another thread, about groups of ‘dickies’. :rose:

    8th February 2017 at 6:14 am #108384

    Rather incredible, such synchronisation, like schools of fish.

    8th February 2017 at 12:31 pm #108518

    Beautiful footage @stinky.

    When I was waiting to be picked up from St Malo port recently there was one going on above the industrial buildings, just incredible, looked like 3 black clouds at first! We were lucky enough to see one in a field near where we lived, the starlings where all on the ground at first and suddenly all took off, it was like watching someone peel back a carpet, incredible. :heart:

    8th February 2017 at 3:47 pm #108719

    We have them over us here occasionally, they feed in our neighbour’s  cow feed, roost in his trees, where the noise they make is huge and then off they go, all at once, they are incredible, it amazes me how they work out who is the leader and how they all instantly follow, as VK says, like schools of fish, how do they all manage to be so perfectly synchronised (both the fish and the birds) – nature is truly amazing! :yes:

    8th February 2017 at 3:49 pm #108727

    Yes exactly Fruitcake, it’s like an orchestra in the sky!

    8th February 2017 at 4:10 pm #108751

    How it’s manged not a clue! but imagine whatever is the ‘mechanism’, must be similar to the fish ‘one’ and for the same reason, confuse predators, safety in numbers. :-)

    8th February 2017 at 6:38 pm #108861

    It has to be said, though, that French farmers don’t like them at all, as they are responsible for a lot of lost planting due to their eating the seeds sown by said farmers. If you know a French agriculteur, ask him/her what he/she thinks of “les étourneaux”.

    8th February 2017 at 8:24 pm #109030

    Not a lot! Our neighbour curses them and has a machine that shoots a whistling rocket sound in the air every so often to frighten them off – makes me jump every time it goes off when I’m outside! :-(

    12th July 2017 at 9:56 pm #175644

    We have had either rooks or crows for the last 3 years doing exactly the same. What a sight! We love the countryside for this sort of spectacle. Don’t know why but for 12 years never saw whichever they are but now there are hundreds. No idea where they roost either.

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    12th July 2017 at 10:11 pm #175656

    No idea how it works, but like fish, it’s as though it’s one organism, is there a conductor controlling, ‘orchestrating’?

    14th July 2017 at 9:19 pm #176914

    Don’t know why but our rooks disappeared this last Wednesday. Haven’t seen them at all, not even solo ones! :scratch:

    24th February 2022 at 6:47 pm #566565

    Obviously Starlings in Brittany have been discussed on here before, particularly murmurations.

    Some time before sunset ENORMOUS numbers are gathering in fields and trees near us a little North of Carhaix. The noise of them chattering can be heard half a mile way. Then they go silent and the next sound is the woosh of many thousands of wings beating as they move off en masse.

    They are travelling North East, passing out of sight to the East of Carnoët, but where is journey’s end ?

    I wonder if anyone on here knows where they go to roost ? They don’t make any spectacular murmurations, it’s a direct flight to roost.   I’d take an umbrella and go visit them.

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    Small groups are passing in the opposite direction next morning between 8 and 9 am.

    A visit to Carnoët in January revealed hundreds if not thousands of Jackdaws coming in to roost, every inch of the church roof was occupied as well as many surrounding trees and houses.


    25th February 2022 at 2:58 pm #566574

    We spend new year with French friends every year..this year we were walking and spotted a murmuration of birds..,thanks to UIB it’s part of our vocabulary…for a few years already!

    out of all the friends..we were the only ones that knew what it was called…it was something I learnt years ago most words that end in « ion » are the same in both languages…it’s great how it extends your vocabulary.

    4th March 2022 at 9:14 am #566739

    I remember the first time we experienced a huge mass of starlings flying over our heads, the noise was amazing, and for a few swconds, a bit scary, until we worked our what was going on!

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