Walking through Largo Arenula, I was greeted with a familiar winter site and sound – thousands of starlings, ebbing and flowing through the sky, calling out to one another. It is an incredible site and when you see it for the first time, you think there’s some sort of apocalypse happening. But no, it’s just birds. The fascination wears off quickly when the rainstorm of bird droppings begins and the entire area begins to smell like a pet store. I didn’t know much about starlings before, but a quick google search turns up quite a bit of information. Last Fall quite a bit of coverage was given to a sort of “bird stalking” squad that was trying to disperse the birds, especially after they caused an emergency landing at Ciampino airport. A beautiful photography slideshow, accompanied by a spoken narrative, from the New York Times is quite spectacular. And if you need to see it to believe it, check out this short clip of starlings in Trastevere.