From one end to the other, during the last week the starling roost has moved from the wilderness in the east over to Canada Farm and Westhay Heath in the far west.
The area is part of the Natural England’s Shapwick Heath nature reserve on the Somerset Levels. A mix of woodland, and reedbeds with a series of open water ponds.
From the bridge near the Avalon Centre we walked up the track that runs west between Canada Farm to the south and Westhay Heath to the north. We expected the birds to roost in Canada Farm so we used the time to check for gaps between the trees where we hoped to get views of the starlings.
Large flocks of starlings started to fly in over Canada Farm.
However, they ignored Canada Farm and circled around to the north over Westhay Heath.
This is an area of wet fields, small patches of woodland and reedbeds but little open water.
The starlings gathered behind a group of cattle grazing the fields of the heath.
Huge numbers arrived and started to descend in to the reeds. The cows were more interested in the people taking pictures than the million or so starlings behind them.
Smaller groups arrived even when it getting pretty dark.
The birds dropped into the reeds just on the other side of the canal. This did not seem like to good spot to overnight and it was no surprise when the birds lifted and flew further up into the reeds where there there is more open water surrounding the reeds.