I stepped out on my balcony drown by a loud sound of twittering and even louder rustle of wing flapping. Right above our home flocks of starlings were just creating incredible aerobatic displays, swirling through the sky in magnificent ballets that almost seemed choreographed. Then they moved on towards the sea and I followed. What else could I do?This dazzling display of avian behavior is known as a murmuration, a word that perfectly describes the rustle of thousands of pairs of wings. It is one of the most spectacular displays in the natural world as the flock changes shape, looking like a colossal wisp of smoke one minute, the next a tornado, the next a thundercloud blocking the light.
We experience it every year in late autumn or early winter as today. The starlings usually rush pirouetting through our neighborhood but they eventually fly away to the Yialova lagoon. I could not follow them that far.