I know just what you mean Nutcutlet! I had a flock of starlings came down onto
the bird table this morning, but it was impossible to count them as they were
constantly changing position and as others flew in, some flew off! Have been able
to count one robin, two blue tits, two great tits, one thrush, five blackbirds, eight
sparrows and seventeen starlings (but there were probably about twenty five - they
just wouldn't stay still).
I know what you mean about the starlings - they go crazy over mealworms! Love the collective nouns for them: Chattering, affliction or murmuration! However, I have my own - a squabble of starlings!