[VIDEO] An answer to “why are we here?”: A Murmuration of Starlings

Amazing 500,000-Bird Flock Swarm Sacramento

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Bird Swarm Captured on Video Over Sacramento County

An expert estimated it was a flock of up to 500,000 European Starling birds gathered in eastern Sacramento County Friday that put on a dazzling aerial display — a sight caught on video.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA – It’s a sight that had drivers pulling off the road and bystanders gawking at the skies in awe in eastern Sacramento County Friday evening — a massive bird swarm, an estimated 500,000 strong, swirling and fluttering in effortlessly shifting formation in front of stunned spectators.

The amazing flock of European starlings was captured on video by News10’s Will Frampton along Highway 16 and Watt Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The contstantly spinning, almost eerie scene drew a crowd as some people pulled over to take in nature’s incredible show.

“I’m not sure what it is,” said Jeff McLeod, who pulled over to check things out. “It’s pretty crazy, though. At first it looks like a funnel cloud, and then, I don’t even know what they’re doing.”

The roost is probably one of the largest gatherings of the starlings in the region, according to retired Sacramento State natural sciences professor Dr. Jeri Langham.

“You wonder why these birds never crash into each other,” said Langham, who spent 38 years studying and teaching about birds. “They just happen to beautifully manage to avoid one another.”

Langham said he estimated the swarm to include as many as 500,000 birds.”


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