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The Murmurations of Starlings

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When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would be a good day to just take a few moments and appreciate the simple beauty of murmurations, captured by various photographers over the past few years. [22 photos]

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A murmuration of migrating starlings flies over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, on February 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A murmuration of migrating starlings flies over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, on February 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Starlings fly over a field outside Bucharest, Romania, on November 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
Starlings flock over a field near the Israeli town of Netivot, on January 25, 2013. (David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images) #
Starlings sit on power lines on October 6, 2011 in Lebus, Germany. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #
Murmurating starlings, before landing during sunset near Tidhar, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 12, 2014. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) #
Starlings migrating from northern Europe fly over Rome, on November 8, 2012. About one-million starlings migrate through Rome during autumn and winter, spending the nights in the trees by the Tiber river, creating chaos in the neighborhood with their droppings. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) #
A flock of migrating starlings over a field near Netivot, Israel, on January 25, 2013. (David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images) #
Starlings in a tree in Rome, Italy, on December 3, 2013. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) #
A flock of Starlings fly over a field outside Bucharest, Romania, on November 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
A hawk soars over starlings flying over Rahovec, Kosovo, on October 15, 2009. (Reuters/Hazir Reka) #
A large flock of starlings fly over an Algiers park at sunset, on February 15, 2006. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images) #
A murmuration of starlings fly over an agricultural field near Netivot, Israel, on February 12, 2014. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Migrating starlings, over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, on February 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #
A large flock of starlings fly near Bacau, Romania, on December 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
Starlings sit on a tree, the moon in the background, on February 11, 2014, near Friedrichsdorf, Germany. (Frank Rumpenhorst/AFP/Getty Images) #
A city worker in Rome uses recorded starling distress calls to repel the birds coming to spend the night by the Tiber river. A car sits covered with starling droppings, on November 8, 2012. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) #
A large flock of starlings fly near Bacau, Romania, on December 10, 2013. Large numbers of starlings populate the vast cereal growing agricultural lands in eastern Romania, feeding on the seeds already laid in the ground. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
A flock of migrating starlings near Tidhar, Israel, on February 11, 2014. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) #
A murmuration of migrating starlings near Tidhar, Israel, on February 12, 2014. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) #
A flock of starlings fly over a field near Netivot, Israel, on January 24, 2013. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
A murmuration of starlings above Gretna, Scotland, on November 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) #
Starlings in search of food and warmth flock to a herd of cattle in a feedlot in Mead, Nebraska, on January 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) #

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