Some of you may have witnessed this event called a “murmuration” of starlings- thousands of starlings swirling through the sky in a grand, seemingly coordinated performance. If you haven’t, do watch the video included with this post. I have noticed them more this year than in years past.
With technical photography, scientists are understanding more about the phenomenon. I think its one of natures “trade secrets.”
I am not fond of starlings
But in late autumn
Sometimes they crowd in the treetops
In a chirping chorus
Like a reunion of relatives
With an abundance of news to share
Who knows what stirs these rather uninspiring birds
To gather in in such a cacophony
Then on queue as if the din is too much
They rise from their perches to find positions
In an undulating dance that wafts over harvested fields.
They dip, swirl and twirl as one body
Thousands of avian forms performing with
Ballet grace in the sky
I pause from my walk to watch with reverence
A spiritual rite?
Scientists still don’t know quite how or why
But I know magic when I see it
Alanna also blogs about sustainable living at onesweetearth.art.blog