Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hundreds of Thousands Make National/World News in My Home Town~

                                                  I really like Starlings...in small doses~







Back in November, Thanksgiving Day to be exact, they came, they came by the hundreds of thousands to roost in the trees on the edge of our city at dusk~





With their visits came the beauty of Starling mumuration, which is just so beautiful to observe...from a distance~





There were so many Starlings that the people of our little town contacted the local news media and it aired last Wednesday morning.



 
The local news coverage went to national news coverage when NBC flew their correspondent Kerry Sanders in to see for himself, what the fuss was all about.  Please check out the newsclip from that report at bottom of post.  There is a quick advertisement just before the brief clip begins...
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This is all taking place less than 3 miles from our home and yet, I have had to date only 2 Starlings visit our grove.  If the mild weather continues, they may make their way here to as well, but for now, they have certainly created quite the stir...in the sky and in our little town~
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/46170109/#46170109

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27 comments:

  1. i was wondering if they had hit your area! i saw that news report (and also read about it on MSN.com) and knew you were in the la grange area! since you hadn't posted about them, i assumed they were not crowding around you - yet!

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  2. Good grief! Those last shots are nothing but black streaks! We haven't seen anything like that in Central KY. It would be cool to witness, but I wouldn't want that many starlings hanging around. Awesome pics, Mary!

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  3. We had our murmurations too Mary. Your photos reminded me how spectaculer they are - as you say at a distance. By coincidence i caught a couple of Starlings today, and strangely enought they are not all that easy to catch. Sorry to hear abour your common cold, common it might be but always unpleasant to have. Try a drop of Scotch with hot lemon, or better still a Scotch and a drop of lemon.

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  4. WOW, that is right out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie!

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  5. Euh are you sure these are not mosquitoes? :-) Gosh and I complain that we have too many of them here ;-) Wow you got the numnber and splendid and fascinating pictures! Piouf, I guess you were thrilled to witness this! Beautiful observation Mary!

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  6. Mary, your photos are amazing, and I loved looking at them from this distance. Incidentally, I think the starlings came to your town because they heard your reputation as a fantastic bird photographer, and they wanted some press.

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  7. Wow, that is a huge number of Starlings! Didn't know they had become so prolific in the U.S. We get spectacles like that in quite a few places over here.

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  8. Amazing numbers of starlings. The photos are stunning. I did see this on the news. I can only say I am happy they were not around my house. Can you imagine feeding all these birds? Great post, Mary!

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  9. Mary,

    They have to have food, they should be leaving sometime in the near future. I saw the same report on the news last week. I have seen red-wing blackbirds blacken the sky like this at a refuge in huge corn fields.

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  10. What an amazing thing to catch! Great shots.

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  11. Wow....that's incredible. Your photos are really wonderful, and I especially like the mosaics you've created with them. Very clever!

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  12. ...a myriad of starlings; made for great photographs

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  13. Great photos but that would be way to many birds to have around for too long.

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  14. Hi there - a huge flock of starlings can be a really great thing to watch. Shame that they are not native.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  15. The mass is amazing!! Andew posted on his site a video ofa mass of starlings in Rome and a hawk hunting them. What a sight. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  16. Wonderful to see... I have really enjoyed watching them roosting on my patch this winter..

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  17. That is an incredible number of birds. I have seen flocks but never that large.

    Thanks for your comment on Porch Days. Your books are amazing. What nice work you do!

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  18. Wow, wonderful, but a bit scary photos!

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  19. As you say Mary these murmurations are fantastic to see from afar but I wouldn't want that flock of Starlings anywhere near my home.

    European Starlings are a non-native species that do a lot of damage to our native birds. They displace some of our songbirds and even kill other cavity nesters to breed in their nest sites. If possible, I would ship them all back to Europe!

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  20. Wow, that is amazing. I love your collages.

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  21. What amazing photos and story! I would love to witness this! So glad you posted it...

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  22. Hubby and I watched this on the news that evening.
    I was young when the Hitchcock movie played - not sure I'd like being that close to so many.
    I loved the use of the cannon. :)

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  23. Wow, fantastic ! I bet you enjoyed these superb flying maneuvers.

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  24. Love all those photos, Mary, especially those with a hint of color.

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