The weather is not always kind in the UK. After a period of beautiful cold winter days with clear skies we are heading for a more unsettled period of grey skies and rain.
On days when the weather is too bad to visit RSPB Ham Wall I often think about the starlings. Of course, they still roost on days when there are no visitors are around. It is in preparation for this bad weather that the roosts take place in the first place. So by not visiting in the cold and the rain we are missing most of their story.
Anyway rant over with… today the weather was grey with no rain and a small group of us had gathered in the Tor View hide. The first group arrived quiet and low.
They quickly settled into the reedbed watched closely by a group of Tufted ducks.
The starlings turned the reeds and small trees black.
As the birds run out of bed they started to stream over towards Loxtons.