You may have noticed lots of cars parked in the late afternoons near our Club. The reason is that loads of birdwatchers have been coming to view the starling murmurations at the neighbouring Leighton Moss reserve.
The RSPB think that starlings do it for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands.They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas. They gather over their roosting site, and perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night. There are many videos posted on Youtube. Here is one that was posted recently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xnQgAuPeTw&t=120s