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Starlings give mesmerising murmuration display in the sky

A murmuration of starlings spotted in Strumpshaw near Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's that time of year when, if you're in the right place at the right time, you might spot a spectacular aerial display by one of our declining bird species.

Starling murmurations create extraordinary patterns in the sky as the birds find a place to roost for the night.

ITV News Anglia filmed one display at sunset in Strumpshaw near Norwich.

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Despite the vast black clouds of birds spotted in the sky, starling numbers have declined by more than 70% in recent years and are now on the 'most at risk' list.

"It means they're coming in for their evening roost.

"It's somewhere safe where they all gather together and spend the evening sheltered in the reed beds.

"In the morning they wake up and disperse to their feeding areas all round the Norfolk countryside."

– Alasdair Fraser Warden, RSPB Strumpshaw