Animal Behaviors:Page 7
A mumuration is the term used to describe a flock of starlings. I learned this recently when I was out driving taking pictures of the snow and spotted something on the ridge of the road. I wasn’t quite sure what it was in that first moment and then I noticed it was a flock of birds; hundreds of them.
As soon as I realized what I was seeing I stopped my car and got out. I have binoculars in the trunk but I always forget that! I strained my aging eyes, wondering what these birds were doing in the road. To this day my best guess is the salt laid by the highway department.
Finally I had made enough movement or enough noise to send the flock into the air; and in that moment I was mesmerized. They danced like the best of a Disney Classic and they swarmed like the best of a Hitchcock film. All the time I stood, in the middle of the road, camera to my face,shooting and entranced. As old as I am, I have never seen such a sight.
Later that evening I went to my experts. I have a photog group on facebook and a cousin who is an avid bird watcher. I learned of the term mumuration from Diane; a term I never knew before; Diane teaches me a lot!
I learned these birds were European Starlings from my cousins Joe; I learn a lot from Joe too. He also clued me in on the origin of these birds and their relation to Shakespeare, of all people. I read an interesting article that explains it on Scientific American.
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