I have never had a bucket list…not really sure that I like the idea, it just seems a bit morbid to me! But, I do have a few things in mind that I would love to do/see/achieve at some point sometime. Seeing a murmuration of starlings was one of those, a natural spectacle that seemed achieveable to find. Having seen a couple of lovely Insta-friends recent pics of winter skies and these beautiful crowds of starlings, I felt compelled to see it for myself.
So on the greyest of late January days we visited RSPB Otmoor, in Oxfordshire with the hope of being lucky enough to see the starlings before they roosted.
We walked for hours, waiting for the sun to set, and then, just as we had started to head home I spotted this on the horizon. All of a sudden the starlings has appeared in a flock of thousands and were making the most amazing shapes in the sky. It was absolutely mesmering to watch and lasted for at least half an hour.
It was also a really beautiful location for a walk, with reed beds and marshes and loads of other birds to see.
So much mud! But there’s no way I could deny them a bit of puddle jumping!
I’m now hoping for a sunny winter’s day, so that I can return to Otmoor and see the starlings again. Perhaps I am turning into a crazy bird-spotter lady!
Have you seen starling murmations anywhere else? I would love to see photos!