Starling Watch

South Drain – Ham Wall, Ashcott Corner, Somerset, UK. ID 827_0354

Like most people I walk across the small bridge over the south drain every time I visit Ham Wall.  Each time I have a look down stream at the view.  This evening the weather was good and the winter light was beautiful.

The weather did not stay good for long but it was an amazing evening at the starling roost.

Loxtons Marsh

The starling flocks first appeared over Loxtons Marsh.  Some really impressive flocks filling the sky.  However, it became apparent that they were drifting across into the neighbouring Waltons Heath.

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_0387

Trip to Waltons West

I ran the short distance from Loxtons Marsh to the Tor View hide.  I had missed some of the action already, and the hide was full but I managed to find a small gap to watch the birds flying straight towards the hide.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_0534

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_0534

When a flock is coming head on the birds are either a long pair of wings or a small dot.  Perhaps they are signalling in Morse code?

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_0426

Soon all the starlings were heading for Waltons West.  This is good as from the hide we could photograph the flock in front of the sunset.

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_0462

Several amazing flocks flew low over the hide.  It was a fantastic sight,  noise and draft.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_1152

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_1152

Back to Waltons East

As it seemed the birds were settling down they decided to lift and fly back over the hide into Waltons East.

It was getting very dark and still pictures could not capture the noise and spectacle of this amazing flock.

A seemingly endless stream of birds flew just over our heads – brilliant!!

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