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Word for Wednesday: Mumuration

A recent article on the BBC News website reminded us of a natural display that should not be missed.

The article refers to a 'mumuration' of some 70,000 starlings above a Oxfordshire nature reserve was 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.

The stunning example was filmed in the UK by Paul Bunyard, Wild About Images.

10 Feb 2016
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