Spot marvellous mur­mu­ra­tions across Europe

Our pick of other lo­ca­tions with im­pres­sive pre-roost dis­plays.

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Starlings -


Ev­ery au­tumn, up to 800,000 mi­grat­ing star­lings gather in Wad­den Sea National Park. Num­bers peak be­tween the end of Septem­ber and mid-Oc­to­ber. Known lo­cally as the ‘black sun’ the pre-roost mur­mu­ra­tions at­tract as many as 100,000 hu­man ad­mir­ers a year.


Star­lings gather in sev­eral conur­ba­tions across south­ern France. One such ex­am­ple is the picture-post­card city of Avi­gnon, where prime view­ing can be had from the plat­forms of its rail­way sta­tion. The con­gre­ga­tion here num­bers at least 130,000.


Sev­eral Dutch cities host winter sleep­overs of star­lings. One such city is Utrecht, where the birds favour the dis­tricts of Kanalenei­land and Rivieren­bu­urt. The gath­er­ings at­tract the at­ten­tion of pere­grines.


The second largest wet­land in Cat­alo­nia is Aiguamolls de l’Em­pordà Nat­u­ral Park. In winter, around 150,000 star­lings use the re­serve as a roost site. A good lo­ca­tion from which to view the spec­ta­cle is the camp­site at Castell Mar.


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In the UK, large flocks of star­lings roost along the Brighton and Hove seafront in winter.

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