Starling Trail

Waltons Heath - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6252

Waltons Heath – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6252

It is surprising how a dull grey day can unexpected turn into a beautiful evening.  Today at RSPB Ham Wall a gap in the weather coincided with the arrival of the starlings back at their roost site.

Waltons Heath

Following their recent pattern the birds arrived in a few huge flocks and dropped into the reed bed on the western side of Waltons Heath.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6389

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6389

The birds streamed over the Tor View hide.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6464

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6464

A clear skies the birds put on a great display.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6524

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6524

The sky contained a strange series of dots in the clouds.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6532

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6532

After landing the birds gradually turn the reed bed black.  Once full the birds returned to the sky flying over the footpath back to their favourite roost site in Loxtons Marsh.

And Finally…

The last few birds fly to the Loxtons in the light of the moon.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6624

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_6624

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