Recently the Starlings have been roosting in the wilderness. Far from the main path in Ham Wall getting good views is difficult – especially as the weather has been so poor.
The best place to watch the starlings on the reserve is from the second viewing platform. However, looking north into the distance after sunset can be a dark dull experience.
The Wilderness Way
For a couple of weeks the starlings have been roosting in the far north of the Ham Wall nature reserve. This area is difficult to access and is known by some as the Wilderness Way. The Wilderness and Rock droves are as close as you can get but there are no public footpaths leading towards the roost site.
It was a bright sunny day so I decided to try the second viewing platform. The platform was crowded. It looked like the stadium of a local football team waiting for the match to start.
I hoped we would get to see the birds flying overhead then capture some murmurations over the roost site. Sometimes being further back from the flock gives you a better view of the murmuration patterns compared to when the birds are overhead.
The second viewing platform looks north towards the Mendip Hills. While waiting for the starlings an lonely strange shaped cloud appeared above the hills. Was it just an isolated cumulonimbus cloud or something more sinister?
Eventually, just as you start to give-up, the starlings arrived overhead. Other groups appeared over the hamlet of Stileway and its water tower.
It was pretty dark and as the birds flew over their roost site they were hard to see. Only by the power of Photoshop was I able to bring out this relatively clear view.
As we walked back to the RSPB car park we found out that a group of starlings had roosted in Waltons Heath. This is good news as it possible that tomorrow the main flock will follow.