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Take a Break From the Depressing. Swarming Starlings ... Mesmerizing

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Let us all not become depressed reading all we wish were different. All of it put together is depressing me, and at least a couple of others here at OpEd that I know as well.

Take a break and watch beautiful starling symphonies painting transforming mosaics in the sky. I watched several and picked these two. There are many more online.


Amazing Starlings Murmuration Before sunset in winter the starlings swarm over the city of Rome. It is amazing to watch the birds in flight. Swarms act like one being.
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You won't believe this INCREDIBLE Starling murmuration!!! The flight of starlings, a hypnotic acrobatic display of swooping and diving in unison and then landing which is simply breathtaking to witness. How they fly ...
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Right now, I would be happy to watch starlings all day. There are a lot of other swarming videos online of swarming starlings dancing gracefully in the sky.

Submitted on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:44:40 AM

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amen!

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The beauty of unity in the natural world.

I think I'll take today off ... and just pay attention.

Thank you , David Watts. :)

Submitted on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 3:36:30 PM

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Maintaining our connection with nature is essential to not losing ourselves to the onslaught of terrible things confronting us on every level. I've been enjoying the dance of the barn swallows every morning and evening as they snatch insects from the air. We live in a mesmerizing beautiful world. It's why we are willing to confront the dark forces indifferent to our planet's wonders. The birds and all the other marvelous creatures that dazzle us with their beauty need us to protect them from those forces. But you are right. We need balance in our lives.

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I saw this Starling display in Rome decades ago. Locals said it happens every evening. Was blown away. Never forgot it, or saw Bird Art painted so large other places.

The film shows bronze sculptures above the 1800's Italian Independence Monument. I liked that work especially because its Modern and just as good as the old masters.

Great to see the Starlings are still painting the sky. That's High Art !

Submitted on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12:46:29 AM

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Neat you saw the Starlings in Rome. Their coordinated air dance transforming from one shape to another is captivating.

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At the time, I considered the English Starling an unpleasant city bird that had replaced a lot of American song birds. The trees where they nest for the night in Rome require an umbrella to walk under. In Kentucky we had huge Starling flocks darkening the sky for days back in the fifty's. But they didn't do this mass Art like in Rome.

Now I've Starling's nesting in my walls each year and don't bother them. I'm happy to have birds of any type around, it's getting so obvious that so many birds are missing. Both up north and in Mexico, big flocks seem a thing in memory only.

(I did see 28 Eagles this spring in one day, most ever for me.)

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Lovely, thank you! And Pachelbel is always lovely, too!

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I just came back after several days to see if there were any new comments.

Seeing your comment I remember seeing your reference to 'Pachelbel.' I had never seen 'Pachelbel' before, and I did not know what you were referring to. But this time I checked. You were referring to the German composer, Johann Pachelbel and his 'Canon.' I was not familiar with Pachelbel nor his 'Canon,' but I am now. Thank you. :)

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This article is quite stale so who knows if it will ever get read again. But I just found another swarming starling video only two minutes long.

My god, starlings are something else and they fascinate me. I wish not to know how they become seemingly one animation in tune with its whole consisting of who knows how many tens of thousands of starlings. I just wish starlings to be starlings and keep their secret to themselves... Let it be their mystery.

Beautiful Phenomenon

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