Sunday, November 13, 2011

Starlings... A whole MURMURATION of them.........a wonderful video!

ENJOY!

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
A "murmuration" is a collection of starlings....you'll not forget this murmuration very soon!
Thanks for sending this, Matisse!
z

23 comments:

Divine Theatre said...

*sniffle*. I raised two starlings that fell from their 30ft high nest. They turned from gaping yellow tulips (that's what their beaks resembled) in a shoe box to fledglings in just a few short weeks! I fed them eggs scramled in the microwave and cooled with water, then dry catfood, saturated in water, as per the instructions of a wonderful woman named Mary, who ran a rescue.
I named them Laurel and Hardy. Stanley had an injury on his head from the fall that left his feathers sticking straight up! Oliver grew plump by bullying Stanley and eating his food!
They used to come back after they learned to fly and land on my head, my shoulder...how I loved them.
I am sobbing as I imagine them as part of that murmation! Go with God, Stanley and Oliver!

beamish said...

Very murmurating post :P

FairWitness said...

Wonderful, Z! I shared it with my sister, Cathy, whose roommate is an avid bird watcher. Simply breathtaking!

sue hanes said...

Z - I'm stiil not getting your videos, etc. in the box but my son-in-law will be here for T'giving and I'm sure I can get him to fix that.
~~~

I watched the MURMURATION on the internet earlier and it is truly amazing.


thanks, z.

MK said...

That's pretty cool, nice video,

Z said...

Divine THeatre..what a story! I'm sorry to make you sad but hope it brought happy memories, too.
Mr Z and I had two pigeons nest on our back patio for about 3 years in a row...we were stunned when the babies would just suddenly stand on the edge of the nest and soar immediately to a third floor condo nearby! They take NO baby steps!

I'm glad you all liked it........it was like sky art the way they twisted and turned and became darker by their numbers, tapered off, etc...so beautiful. And the expression on the girl's face at the end was priceless!

tha malcontent said...

Super video, thanks for sharing.

sue hanes said...

mal - Like your new profile picture - although I will never forget your face.

sue hanes said...

Z - If you don't mind I would like to tell Malcontent that I stil cannot comment on his blog.

I really would like to add him to my links if I could comment on his
blog.

WomanHonorThyself said...

outstanding Z!!!..and caught on camera no less .Hope u had a nice weekend~!:)

Bob said...

Fascinating! It is very interesting the way they fly in clouds, intermix formations without seemingly colliding with each other. They certainly have something going for them.

On the other hand, it is the most horrible thing in the world to walk under a tree where a flock of the insidious things are roosting.

I don't know if it is the starlings that are to blame, but Rice University in Houston is cursed every year with thousands of birds roosting in the lovely live oak trees on campus, and in the vicinity. Walking anywhere is dangerous.

It's hard to love the little rascals with that experience.

Z said...

Sue, I don't mind at all your giving Mal a message here.
You said a son-in-law was coming for Thanksgiving and he might help you with the problem of not seeing my videos here; perhaps he can help you get into Mal's, too.

Bob, Party POOPER! (pardon the pun!) HA!

Brooke said...

I gotta say, I'm with Bob. That was an awesome video, but try having a few of those things in your front yard. They are absolute bullies to the other birds, too. Heck, I even watched a few of them attack a squirrel!

Joe said...

I've always wondered whether they know what they are doing and where they are going.

Or maybe they're just having the time of their lives!

sue hanes said...

thanks Z.

But wouldn't getting me into Mal's
blog to comment have to happen with Mal's permission?

Z said...

Sue, I don't know a blog which requires permission unless it's highly private, something I've rarely seen. I comment at Mal's with no problem.
I don't know why you can't ; I believe he's on mediation and maybe he's not printing you anymore?

Rita said...

Weird and fascinating timing. We saw a murmuration this weekend while visiting Huntsville, Alabama although we did not know what they were called. And,of course, it was nothing compared to this video, but it's sure interesting to find it here after seeing it just a few days ago.

Lisa said...

I just saw a small murmuration Saturday. I was with my mom at a red light and I said to her isn't that amazing how they do that? She said they take turns taking the lead as they get tired they retreat to the back. I never knew that.
Nature sure is amazing. That was really nice to watch. I love Divine's story.
Bob's story reminds me of this scene from High Anxiety

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUUKrHO3wZU

Big Bubba said...

You won't be able to get anyone from San Antonio to develop warm fuzzies about starlings. They are a plague here.

cube said...

What an amazing video. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing it, Z.

cube said...

Of course I'm having thoughts of "Everything's Coming Up Roses"... Murmanization... :-)

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