Starling Trail

This has been a week of wonderful sunsets at Ham Wall.  I’ve been down to watch the starling murmurations several times and each time the sky has been just as much a star as the birds.

Flying Home - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9231

Flying Home – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9231

A group of seagulls fly home ahead of the starlings.  Often, seagulls and lapwings are seen flying passed just before the starlings arrive.

Starlings Return

The number of birds is still relatively low but by roosting in the centre of Loxtons Marsh it is easy to get in close and have a great evening.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9317

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9317

The sun had only just disappeared when the first groups of starlings appeared.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9331

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9331

It was not long before the flocks were huge.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9574

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9574

It got darker and darker but still the birds were flying back to the reserve.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9779

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9779

In the darkness the last few birds drop down into the reedbed for the night.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9805

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9805

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