“It’s just amazing”: eyewitness spots massive starlings flock at sunset sky over English nature reserve

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Published on December 6, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

“It’s just amazing”: eyewitness spots massive starlings flock at sunset sky over English nature reserve

Mesmerising video shows a huge flock of starlings swooping through the sunset sky above the Lower Derwent Valley nature reserve in England.


“It’s just amazing”: eyewitness spots massive starlings flock at sunset sky over English nature reserve

SHOWS: YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 29, 2019) (ANNE SALISBURY - MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY ANNE SALISBURY) 1.

MURMURATION OF STARLINGS SWOOPING THROUGH SUNSET SKY ABOVE TREES AND RIVER DERWENT FLOOD MEADOWS / MOON IN SUNSET SKY / EYEWITNESS ANNE SALISBURY SAYING OFF CAMERA (English): "IT'S JUST AMAZING" STORY: An English nature reserve volunteer Anne Salisbury witnessed a huge flock of starlings as they swooped in the sunset sky over the River Derwent flood meadows in the Lower Derwent Valley, Yorkshire recently.

"I have only seen a murmuration like that once before and was interested to see it again," Salisbury who filmed aerial displays on her phone told Reuters.

"The sun was just going down as we arrived giving a lovely light in the sky." According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a murmuration of starlings is a 'swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above your head.'

Starlings do this for many reasons, including to stay safe from predators and to keep warm, the RSPB website says.

The number of starlings can swell to around 100,000 in some places.

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