Starlings – again

Well it looks as if another brood of starlings has fledged. This weekend we had over 30 starlings doing their own mini-murmuration (see http://bit.ly/murmer for an example of the real thing). A murmuration is the collective noun for starlings. A murmuration of only about 30 birds is not that spectacular, though it is encouraging. When I first came to Leeds we used to see huge murmurations as thousands of birds flew between the city centre and orchards on the York Road on the outskirts of the city. Now you only see this spectacle at certain places in the country, for example Brighton, the Somerset  and Morecambe Bay. Long term monitoring by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) shows that starling numbers have fallen by 66% in Britain since the mid-1970s. It would be great to see them in large numbers again.See the RSPB website for more information about these spectacular birds.

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