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Starling Sunset: Last Chance to See

Sometimes it’s just great to stand back and take in the view.

One of my favorite spots to do this is Brighton Pier in the UK.

While there on a recent visit we planned to take in the sunset.

There’s something very special that happens there too.


Every evening around dusk a huge gathering of starlings.

The starlings are mustering prior to roost. The pier isn’t my ideal spot but the view is.

I also made a film of it of course.

But more to the point, this could be another last chance to see.

According to the RSPB even though the large number of birds in the flock suggest a healthy population the numbers are dropping.

They give some background about this phenomenon.

When in the vicinity you might need a good place to eat. So check out my Iydea post.

Are there any amazing natural events you’ve been lucky enough to witness?

Is there one you wish you had seen? Or plan to take in one day?


11 comments on “Starling Sunset: Last Chance to See

  1. Ellen Hawley
    February 4, 2015

    Starlings roost in the winter near Rough Tor in north Cornwall, and it’s beautiful to watch them coming in. Then they roost and it’s like listening to a waterfall–they, I swear, trade the news of the day. Which must be why a flock is called a murmuration of starlings.

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    • lizard100
      February 4, 2015

      Murmuration! That’s a great word. I’d agree!


  2. Grower
    February 4, 2015

    If only we could pack up all the ones over here and ship them home! They’re beautiful and fascinating–friends of mine had a pet one named Winston that they taught to say “Hello!”–but have been something of a disaster for the native birds.

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  3. The Chaos Realm
    February 4, 2015

    A green flash at sunset…

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  4. jpeggytaylor
    February 4, 2015

    Starlings are sadly not so common as they used to be in the UK. The noise really is quite incredible when you have a huge flock of them together. We have a family of starlings that regularly nest in our roof – and currently a few of them are roosting there to shelter from the cold winter nights!

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  5. Emma Sarah Tennant
    February 8, 2015

    Brighton is a very pretty place, we enjoyed spending some summer days there and walking along the pier. Missed the starlings though, so thanks for posting.

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    • lizard100
      February 8, 2015

      It was impressive! Maybe next time you’re there.


  6. mjh333
    April 7, 2015

    I’m still yet to make it to see this spectacular show

    Liked by 1 person

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