A flock of starlings is called a murmuration.
This link http://vimeo.com/31158841 leads to a beautiful video of thousands of starlings creating spontaneous moving sculptures in the sky.
I love how the scientific and the divine intertwine, for the murmuration is a wonder of aerodynamics and of art. I love that scientists still do not completely understand how it works. There is a yet undiscovered scientific principle there, but what does it matter? All that really matters is that it touches us in the deep place where awe lives.
I love that the starlings aren’t trying to be beautiful or awe-inspiring. They just are.
I love that the moment reminds us of the hollowness of money. The richest people in the world could not summon that moment, no matter how much they paid. You can’t pre-book tickets for such an event or make plans around it. Anyone lucky enough to be present when the starlings swoop has to be gifted with it─by a power much greater than money.
One of my favourite parts of the video is the last few seconds when the starlings disappear into the distance and all the girls can do is laugh quietly. The laughs say, “There are no words.” The laughs say, “How did we get so lucky?” The laughs say, “Wow.”