27/02/19. Sunbiggin Tarn Starling murmuration.

Sunbiggin Tarn sits in the Pennines near Orton, Cumbria.  It is a wonderful remote spot, and popular with birds of all kinds.

Today I was sitting by the tarn recording the evening chorus; it was afterall very quiet; I had expected more activity.   But it was nice to just sit there, watch the sun go down and add amazing colour to the reed beds and surrounding hills.

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Then, all of a sudden a small group of a few hundred starlings flew overhead, followed shortly after by a few thousand more.   The recorder was running, so I was able to capture it.  The sounds come in waves: first of the lead birds, then followed by the rush of wind and wing beats, is quite amazing.

This recording is quite short; I hoped they would come back over several times, but shortly after these flyovers they settled in some trees at nearby Tarn Sike.

 

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