A Murmur of Starlings

They gather on the tops of buildings in the cities, on aerials and wires, just as the sun falls behind the hills and the sky lights up with dusky pink tones.  They herald the between times, when the sun has set but the sky is not yet night.  It is the first night of the full moon and magic hangs heavy in the air, spirits are gathering for the veil is thin, and Samhain is not far off.  The Starlings are heralding in the night time as the black birds herald the dawn.  Starlings’ keepers of the gates between the worlds.

For me this evening the Starlings that were gathering on the roof tops around wellington all making their way to the trees in the city where they roost for a moment before they all take of in a murmuration, spoke of the coming season, of the coming Samhain, the beginning of Winter, here in New Zealand.

one of my favourite videos, I love the expression of the girls faces at the end of the video!


5 thoughts on “A Murmur of Starlings

      1. yeah me to.. you sometimes get small murmurs, of starlings a few thousand or so here in Wellington. i have seen them when i was walking up to a friends place a few years back. also they roost down Lambton que and up Saranaki street



    1. thanks.. Starling Moot.. very interesting.. We don’t have as many in Wellington probably hundreds.. well i have seen maybe a hundred sitting on an aerial across the city, from where i am currently staying.. quite different from the suburb where I usually live, where there is Kaka, Tui’s, blackbirds and Fantails, Starlings seem to me more city dwellers.. *ponders this*..



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