Like the Dunlin featured as our Bird of the Month, the Starling comes into its own when gathered in big numbers. From late summer and throughout the winter, Starlings gather in the evening, often in flocks of many thousands of birds to roost communally. These ‘murmurations’ of thousands or even millions of Starlings swirling like ever morphing smoke are rightly renowned as one of the most wonderful natural spectacles. Starlings start to gather as the sun sets, near their favoured mass roosting sites. Over some time small flocks and individuals gather into the mass, flying round forming magnificent amoeboid shapes until the time is right. Then the whole flock appears to be sucked by a vacuum down to the reeds or bushes in which they will roost.