Starling murmurations

One of the most spectacular scenes during the cold, often dull, winter months is a starling murmuration.

Thousands upon thousands of starlings gather, after coming in from miles around. They create amazing patterns in the sky for about half an hour before coming down to roost.

These photos and clips were taken at RSPB Otmoor near Oxfordshire, but there are many other sites around the country.

If you are visiting Otmoor, please lift share or go on a mid week afternoon as the car park is limited and reached by a single track lane which can become blocked on a busy weekend.



As well as the starlings, there’s plenty to see at Otmoor including thousands of Lapwings and Golden Plovers.

Low flying geeseLapwingsGolden plover and lapwingsHareGolden plover

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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7 Responses to Starling murmurations

  1. Agree that RSPB Ham Wall is a great place for the starlings at this time of year. If you go, arrive at least 2 hours before sunset partly to allow parking, but more importantly to have a chance to walk the (mainly wheelchair accessible) paths. The helpful RSPB staff will always point out good places to see the wide variety of birds you can see on the reserve, in addition to the best places to view the murmurations.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    One of nature’s most amazing and thrilling sights!

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  4. I saw a starling murmuration for the first time on the Dorset coast this year. It was thrilling but, based on your photos, the Otmoor ones are more extensive.

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