A soloist sang close by in the reed beds, clear and insistent. Forget the starling chorus, I'm the one.
Home again, we listened to a Proms Concert: Vivaldi and the Bach Double violin concerto. And in my mind's-eye those vocal and volatile starling appeared as notes clustering about a stave of music, dark notes against sunlit cumulus cloud. Grace notes never to be repeated, flights of fancy. So, a stave of starling.
The fun of birding is non-conformity. Moments when birds do not accord with the field guide - neither in appearance nor behaviour. They spring surprises- seen once in a lifetime. I've never before found starling gathering on those telegraph wires over the track to the Leighton Moss sea hides, may never find them there again. I could never replicate the pattern of starlings perched, preening or scattering in flight. Vivaldi's score for his Double Violin Concerto leaves the soloists a freedom for flourishes, grace notes. Innovation and creativity, that's what grace notes are.
The Shorter Oxford Dictionary for the noun Stave
- Thin narrow shaped pieces of wood which when placed together side by side and hooped form the sides of a cask or tub
- Rod, bar or pole. Rung of a ladder. Cross bar to leg of a chair
- Verse or stanza of a poem, or song
- Music. A set of lines for musical notation.