Twi­light sight­ings

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A mur­mu­ra­tion might sound like an in­die band name, but it’s ac­tu­ally the term used to de­scribe a huge group of star­lings – up to 100,000 at one time – swoop­ing across the skies. Mur­mu­ra­tions are most proli c in Novem­ber and, ac­cord­ing to the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds, the best time to see this mass aerial stunt is early evening. The rea­sons star­lings mur­mu­rate in­clude group­ing to­gether to of­fer safety in num­bers, keep­ing warm at night and ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion on good feed­ing ar­eas – ba­si­cally, it’s a big birdie gos­sip in the sky.

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