It’s a new year and the starlings have recently moved from RSPB Ham Wall to a new site in the Roughet at the far end of Natural England’s Shapwick Heath.
Its been a while since I visited the starlings and I had to decide where to wait. Should I risk it all and sit in the Decoy Hide; or stand on the track next to the Roughet where the reeds are just that bit too tall; or play safe and wait with the crowd on the high ground of the main drove.
As the sky looked interesting so I chose the main drove and hoped the starlings would not go too deep into the reserve.
From the track to the hide there is a bench on the corner that has a narrow but clear view across to the hide.
The first flock did fly-by in-front of a lovely sunset.
The flock grew as it merged with late arrivals. But sadly it started to drop before making any patterns in the sky.
The entire flock squeezed into the corner of the Roughet reed bed.
Just a shame the reeds are a bit too tall. Next time I must remember to bring a box to stand on.