Starling Trail

The period of unsettled weather continued today with few visitors making the journey to Ham Wall.

In the dark skies I was forced to switch to black-and-white.

Here is the mandatory picture of the first group of starlings to arrive.  They went straight down in the same spot as yesterday.

Starlings in bad weather - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8241

Starlings in bad weather – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8241

More birds arrived and started to turn the reeds black.

Starlings in bad weather - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8259

Starlings in bad weather – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8259

Despite the poor weather the starlings put on an excellent low level show.

Starlings in bad weather - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8307

Starlings in bad weather – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8307

They performed fabulous low level wave routines.

Starlings in bad weather - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8344

Starlings in bad weather – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8344

I assume that like the Red Arrows the starlings have both clear sky and low level displays rehearsed and ready to go.

Starlings in bad weather - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8372

Starlings in bad weather – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8372

As more birds arrive they spread out across the western heath.

Starlings in bad weather - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8378

Starlings in bad weather – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_8378

To my surprise the birds then settled in the west side of Waltons Heath just where they landed.  No flyover to the east side or on to Loxtons Marsh.  I guess the bad weather made bunkering down here a better option.

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