Starling Watch

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_9917

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_9917

My first visit to Ham Wall this week and the weather is still dull.  I was hoping the birds would roost in the Waltons Heat, but sadly the the action was still going on back over in the Loxtons Marsh.  The distant view was very dark.

Waltons Heath

Unexpected a group of birds moved over into the centre of Waltons Heath.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_9971

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_9971

Soon huge numbers of fast moving birds poured over the Tor View hide.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0095

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0095

Once down the birds flew back-and-fore across the open water between the reed beds.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0131

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0131

Suddenly a sparrowhawk grabbed a starling and the flock lifts into the air.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0210

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0210

The flock jumps across the water to escape the hawk.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0216

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 826_0216

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