A term for a flock (of starlings).

To see a short video of a murmuration of starlings over (what’s left of) Brighton’s West Pier, click on the image below (Windows Media file, 3.5MB, the size of a song in mp3 format).
murmuration video clip
The show is on every night around dusk.

By | 2016-10-18T15:50:30+00:00 March 29th, 2006|Words|8 Comments

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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Jemima March 29, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    Fantastic clip! Is the noise on the film the birds, the sea or the wind? Either way, it has made me long to be by the sea.

  2. céline March 29, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    It’s cars rushing just behind me. Kidding, kidding, it was very windy (and very cold, I almost lost a couple of fingers filming it), so I guess it was a mix of sea and wind noises.

  3. Kristen (Thoughts from the Bus Stop) March 30, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Hi Céline – great video! People have to see it to understand how amazing it is. Will add a link to it, hope that’s OK.

  4. gav March 30, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    brilliant video, we get the same here in reed beds in norfolk. your friend jo sent me this link. (we’d been talking about the very same thing!) spectacular… and you’ve taught an englishman a new english word. “murmuration…”

  5. céline March 30, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    Jo doesn’t waste time, we only talked about you last night! Did she tell you about me misunderstanding another friend who was talking about a peregrine chasing starlings? I heard “a penguin chasing starlings”, and was utterly bemused for a couple of seconds. Now that’s a video I’d like to see.

  6. Gen April 3, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you for a great video and bringing back the memory of a great trip (I lived in Brighton for two months back in 2003), along with an interesting new word.

  7. Annie April 11, 2006 at 2:22 am

    As an avid birder in the Eastern U.S., I must say that “we” (i.e. the proverbial we) tend to have a significant distaste for euro-starlings because
    a)they have taken up valuable “habitatage” for valuable native beaks, and
    b)their ever-changing plumes require that one must always keep a mental “starling filter” switched to the “on” position.
    Hmm…numerous ” “s from me. Oh well. Cool video though!

  8. Liesl April 19, 2006 at 1:01 am

    I lived in Brighton from 1999-2003 and I always preferred West Pier to the other glossy one…I also loved this view over the West Pier…you actually make me “homesick” and I am in a Caribbean island right now, so imagine that…Nice video…

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