Murmurating Starlings
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Oxfordshire starling murmuration 'fantastic phenomenon'

A mumuration of some 70,000 starlings above a Oxfordshire nature reserve has been described as a "ballet of the skies".

Dr Anne Goodenough, from the University of Gloucestershire, said the spectacle was "an absolutely fantastic phenomenon".

"I would defy anyone to watch this and not have a smile on their face. It's the sound of them beating their wings as one, moving together as one, and that's where the word 'murmuration' comes from - a murmour," she said.

The university is carrying out a survey to help establish the reason for the extraordinary aerial behaviour.

  • 09 Feb 2016
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