Belfast Telegraph

Gridlock drivers star(ling) struck

By Claire Harrison

As sure as turning leaves and darker evenings, there's another sight in Belfast that signals autumn is well and truly here. If you have some spare time on your hands, there's no more fascinating a show than the evening swoop and swirl of starlings above the Albert Bridge. As I sit in traffic each day the sight of thousands of birds reeling in perfect formation above the River Lagan is mesmerising. The flock looks almost supernatural at times as the starlings fan out and regroup in an incredible synchronised display. Their dance can go on for hours at this time of year as the flock prepare to roost under the bridge each night. Whenever I see them soar into the sky as I drive across the bridge, it's the only time I'm perfectly happy to be stuck in traffic.

 

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