A Murmuration Of Starlings

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It was also a really beautiful location for a walk, with reed beds and marshes and loads of other birds to see.

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So much mud! But there’s no way I could deny them a bit of puddle jumping! IMG_3360eDSC_0135eDSC_0133eDSC_0130eDSC_0122eDSC_0121 (2)e

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!

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5 thoughts on “A Murmuration Of Starlings

  1. Clare Reply

    Living in the fens I’ve seen my fair share of murmurations. Always special to see though. 🙂

    1. hellomistermagpie Reply

      I just spotted your comment Clare! How lucky to have seen this so often, I would love to see it again soon! 🙂

  2. mirari Reply

    i’ve never seen such a great spectacle, i’m sure it must be amazing…

    1. hellomistermagpie Reply

      It’s so worth seeing if you ever get the chance to! x

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