Stares or starlings in great numbers. most remarkable in their numerous flocks wch I haue obserued about the Autumne when they roost at night in the marshes in safe place upon reeds & alders. wch to obserue I went to the marshes about sunne set. where standing by their vsuall place of resort I obserued very many flocks flying from all quarters. wch in lesse than an howers space came all in & settled in innumerable numbers in a small compasse.
—Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682)
Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk More Especially on the Birds and Fishes