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Starlings

Last weekend I went to Somerset, Uk, with Stoaty and my sister Liz (Kudu on here) to watch the starlings flocking to their night-time roosts.

We watched (and tried to dodge their droppings!) up to 3 million starlings flying above our heads - I doubt that even Bigfrank can boast of seeing so many birds of a feather at one time! Laughing out loud - and the 'waves' of many hundreds of thousands of them taking turns flying on the horizon until they decided upon where they would roost for the night. There is a TV advert for a car in the UK which shows this spectacle - and I can assure anyone who has seen the Ad that it is not computer generated!

In the middle of this spectacle, a sparrow hawk flew through one of the waves of starlings hoping to catch it's supper!

I wish that I could post pics of this but all of the photo sites that I have tried do not allow my username, as it has already been taken, and I can never remember any other usernames that I try! :oops:

I am now looking for volunteers to wash all the bird-c**p from my car..... :roll:

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I have to say a big thank you to Tabs for letting me gatecrash her weekend. I had always wanted to see the starlings in such large numbers and it was definately worth it.

It is a sight I think everyone should see at least once in their lives if it is possible. (and ofcourse if they want to!!)

I had a truelly wonderfull time and hope to get to see it again in the future. Smiling

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Sounds really good unfortunately starlings numbers are rapidly decreasing in some parts of britain any ideas why?

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What an amazing sighting that must have been, Tabs!
Thanks for sharing the story.

"Tabs" wrote:
I wish that I could post pics of this but all of the photo sites that I have tried do not allow my username, as it has already been taken, and I can never remember any other usernames that I try! :oops:

There are free hosting websites where you don't have to sign up, for example tinypic.com and imageshack.us.
I'd be happy to help you post the pics, so you could also email them to me and then I'll post them.

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Sounds incredible Tabs. Definetly never seen anything like that before. Does the sky go black with them? Would be a wonder to witness.

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Laughing out loud Oh Tabs, what a great experience! I love those "dancing' and waving flocks of Starlings... it's awsome to watch!
We have those flocks here in Amsterdam too, not so big, but over 1000 birds. LOL and even bigger ones in the country!

I once saw a Sperwer - Accipiter nisus trying to catch one of the Starlings... the whole flock at once formed a close globe-shaped mass, it looked like a black football up in the sky, you couldn't see any individual bird anymore!

Tabs, could you hear the rustling sound when they drop themselves to their roosting place, like a waterfall? I love that sound, and when they are all settled for the night it's suddenly silent...dead silent.

Thank you for sharing your experience Tabs, I wish I could have joined you...

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out in b,c, starlings are a unwanted bird in the tree fruit areas- when i was a kid in the 50,s the british columbia tree fruit union had a bounty on starlings as thier were so many and they were eating cherries etc - the bounty was .5 cents for a pair of legs- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Starling

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