SO WHAT IF IT’S A COUPLE OF MONTHS OLD–positively ancient in internet times. Watching this short film of a murmuration, or gathering, of starlings lent perspective and poetry to the start of a new day. Thanks to my friends Josh and Brent of Beekman1802 for pointing out Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith’s video, shot on the River Shannon in Ireland. I ought to lift my head up out of this book manuscript more often before too much more life flies by. Want to hear about some of the other collective nouns used to describe groups of particular birds? Try this short radio clip from KPIU, the Seattle NPR affiliate.