Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Thru The Wires Thursday (Murmuration)

 The other day, a zillion starlings were swirling through the air, settling down on fields, then back up, making patterns in the sky. This is called murmuration.






They loved the barns, because of the big fields.



Other barns we passed on the way home.





Plus a lot of teeny tiny storage barns!


Here is a beautiful photo of starling murmuration that I found on the web.


Mozart had a pet Starling, probably the most famous of this amazing species in captivity. He was incredibly fond of his bird, and even wrote a eulogy for the Starling when it died. He also noted, in his journal, an instance of the bird “re-writing” a portion of one of his musical pieces. He described a section of Piano Concerto No. 17 in G. He recorded the modification the bird had sung and wrote, “That was fine!”


17 comments:

NanaDiana said...

I have seen big waves of starlings like that but never knew there was a word for it. Just incredible. That is interesting about Mozart's bird. Hugs- Diana

CheerfulMonk said...

I've never seen them, and that story about Mozart's bird is fascinating. ❤️

DeniseinVA said...

What an amazing sight that must have been Ginny. Such a fascinating story about Mozart. I thoroughly enjoyed all those sights, especially the pretty red barns.

roentare said...

This is truly an epic scene

Ann said...

Wow, that sure is a lot of starlings. It would be fascinating to watch them all like that.

MadSnapper said...

seeing this with your own eyes had to be mesmerizing and awe inspiring. I have never seen starlings like this, but once we saw black birds in waves and waves and they kept coming and coming and coming. we were sitting in the back yard and it was at least 3 to 5 minutes of it.. found out later from the newspaper,they were headed to an island not far from us, that they do that at dusk, go there to roost for the night. birds in flight, awesome as is that last photo. wow

Mari said...

I like the little storage barns.
Seeing the murmurations is so interesting.
I love reading about Mozarts bird. I've never heard that before.

Jeanette said...

I love that they do that!

Billie Jo said...

Wow! This is interesting and so informative! I did not know that this had a name or what it meant. Thank you for sharing! It reminds me a bit of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds!!

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for sharing about Mozart and his pet Starling. This was a fun post Ginny, I learned something too. ;-)

photowannabe said...

Fascinating about Mozart and the Starlings.
I have seen murmurations over the rice fields in the Sacramento Valley. Its amazing and really musical to watch. Thanks for sharing and I do love old barns.
Sue

happyone said...

Wow that is a lot of birds, the last picture is gorgeous!!
I like all the little sheds. One would make a nice 'she shed'.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

I have seen that but didn't know there was a word for it.
Love the picture of the barn in your banner.
Interesting story about Mozart's pet starling.

Linda said...

Love the barns!! The starlings - not so much! Kind of spooky looking when there's that many!

Ida said...

Great photos of the birds and the barns. I love seeing the starling murmurations.

Jenny the Pirate said...

How completely amazing! And "murmuration" ... what a word! xoxo

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, that is amazing. So many birds! I didn't know that they made patterns in the sky like this. I don't see the Starlings up here in the mountains. I'll have to check them out to see what they look like. Interesting post, Ginny, and I learned something today. ; )

~Sheri

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