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Enzo
03-04-2015, 08:26 AM
An amazing sight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhNqso6VElE

Further info: http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/swiftwatch

LPC
03-05-2015, 12:33 PM
Yes, such patterning of swifts can be fascinating. They are called murmurations. Here is another one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakKfY5aHmY

Tobi is quite an expert on this, and if she sees this thread she has a link to an even more dramatic one, with beautiful music.

Tobi
03-05-2015, 01:29 PM
What...?
I heard my name called! LOL :D

You must mean this:
A video of 'Starling Murmurations' (that is when a large group of Starlings form the most wonderful shapes in flight.)


http://youtu.be/M1Q-EbX6dso

I hope you like this Enzo. Starling murmurations are quite common in the UK during the winter, though not often as good as this! The starlings group together in flight as a defence usually against a predator -such as a sparrowhawk.

The music is by Ludovico Einaudi.

knightofalbion
03-06-2015, 06:37 AM
Aerial ballet! How they don't collide, because they're moving at a fair pace ....

Though even a solo swift (swallow or house martin) is truly mesmerising.

Enzo
03-07-2015, 07:50 PM
What wonderful videos! Thanks for sharing :)
I never knew what it was called. I've seen large groups of starlings here before but they are tiny compared to these! What a beautiful scene. I wish it was a common thing here. I could not imagine witnessing something like this in person. It would definitely take my breath away.

Tobi
03-10-2015, 05:58 PM
Yes we get visited by starlings every winter in the UK. They migrate from the Baltic or Scandinavia, and go back in the Spring. This is a common sight (though usually not as impressive as that!)

But I have never seen a murmuration of Swifts!