I went out and there they were in my tree and my neighbors' trees on each side. I was fascinated. Then I decided to grab my camera but worried I'd miss them. Not to worry, because when I got back out I realized they were just beginning to descend upon our trees.
I asked the Ethernet this question: Why do birds form murmurations? I like this comment from the RSPB.org:
Go here to check out this interesting site in the United Kingdom.We think that starlings do it for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands. They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.
I imagine these were starlings. I came in the house to write this post and - poof! - the sound ended in a split second. They were gone. It was kind of strange how it just instantly ended.
Thanks birdies for the lovely show. Be safe on your journey, wherever it may lead you.
Have you been visited by a murmuration of birds?
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