Starling Watch

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4073

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4073

The starling season is well underway on the Somerset Levels.  This was my first week on the starling watch so here is a quick catch-up.

Sunday

The first of a series of large flocks flying in from the east over the Waltons Heath towards the Loxtons Marsh.

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_3447

The starlings stream down into the reeds in front of the sunset.

Starling Mumuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_3590

Starling Mumuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_3590

The birds roosted deep in the marsh, passed the viewing screen and a long distance from the main path through Ham Wall.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_3629

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_3629

Monday

The next day brought out a beautiful sky.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4079

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4079

Today the birds dropped down into Waltons Heath.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4135

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4135

However, the birds did not settle and repeatedly raised in waves across the reed bed.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4138

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4138

As the sky became dark the birds moved back to the Loxtons Marsh.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4153

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4153

Tuesday

Another day, and following a change in the weather and the starlings put on a fabulous aerial display.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4880

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4880

They circled across the sky for several minutes putting on the best display I have seen for a long time.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4881

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4881

It had to remind myself that there was only 30,000 birds.  In a month or two there should be more than a million!

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4885

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4885

The birds finally roosted in the Loxtons Marsh.

Starling Roost - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4972

Starling Roost – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4972

Wednesday

The weather changed again as the blue of midday quickly clouded over.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_5144

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_5144

Not a good day for a display.  Instead the birds funnelled into the reeds.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_5158

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_5158

A mass of birds only a few yards away.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4900

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_4900

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