Starling Murmuration Near Starved Rock State Park IL DDZ_0104
As we were leaving Starved Rock State Park near dusk on November 6, 2007, we were amazed by this dense swarm of starlings sweeping across a harvested cornfield. The birds would come to ground as a group in a matter of seconds and seeming disappear into the stubby corn stalks. Then they would rise up just as quickly as a black mass and arrange themselves in a fluid form such as this one, known as a murmuration. We watched for several minutes before the birds moved on.