Today, I stood and waited in Loxtons Marsh for the return of the starlings. Unfortunately, the roost split and most of the birds flew overhead to the far end of the reserve. However, all was not lost as a few birds dropped into Waltons Heath.
I had chosen a new vantage point today, a large gap between the trees. I waited there guarding my spot. But sadly, the birds simply few passed.
The evening quickly recovered when I could hear a small group starlings in the neighbouring Waltons Heath. I short run and I got to see the last few groups drop into the reeds. The backdrop was a glorious golden sky.
Most of the groups were tiny.
But, a few larger groups eventually appeared.
The Roost Relocates
To my surprise the birds decided to relocate to Loxtons. For them, this is a quick flight over a line of trees and back down into the reeds. By now the sky was turning a deep red.
More and more birds flew overhead into Loxtons. A steady stream flying up into the sky over the trees.
Seeing was was going on a group of visitors arrived hoping to get close to the action. This may have caused the birds to cross into Loxtons further down the track. They kept low and became impossible to photograph in the dark.
It is very common for the starlings to swap between reedbeds during the evening. Even when it looks like the show is over for the day it is worth waiting a little bit longer – just in case.