Murmuration at Thomson Park: Oct. 15, 2022

Beginning in the fall, starlings form large flocks and seem to do everything together.

European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starlings

They even fly together, managing to manoeuvre in a collective mathematical synchrony that still baffles researchers today. This is called a “murmuration.”

We saw a small version of this today.

European Starlings
European Starlings
European Starlings

Other birds:

Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Thomson Park scenes:

Sexton’s house St. Andrew’s cemetery
Red Squirrel
Rabbit scat
Deer track

Some botany:

Chinese Chestnut
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea) also called Burning Bush
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

8am group:

11:30am group:


Hi Miles,

I have walk leader Gabriel’s permission to share the report and photos from my trip to Saskatoon.


Listen! the wind is rising,

and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,

now for October eves!   – Humbert Wolfe (1885–1940)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Murmuration at Thomson Park: Oct. 15, 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Thanks for the landscape photography! Don’t get me wrong–I love your pictures of birds, ducks, plants, and everything that goes with it. But I’m also a sucker for beautiful scenery, so I appreciate it when beautiful fall scenery is part of your post, and it’s gorgeous right now!


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