Starling Trail

Great White Egret - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID BR58759

Great White Egret – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID BR58759

A great white egret and a heron watch over the lagoon at Waltons Heath on RSPB Ham Wall.

Despite the imminent arrival of Storm Barra the weather today was very good.  Strong cold winds but beautiful blue skies and clouds that were gradually disappearing as dusk approached.

Ham Wall - Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR58887

Ham Wall – Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR58887

The first groups of starlings start to appear just after 4pm.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59090

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59090

Huge numbers of birds were dropping from high in the sky.

Click on the picture to make it bigger and you should be able to make out most of the two hundred thousand starlings that are about to spend the night in the amongst the reeds.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59383

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59383

Birds of prey can impede the stream of starlings. But they rarely seem to have much motivation for a chase.  Why chase around in the evening when you can pick off the sick, old or frozen in the morning when most of the birds have left.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59425

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59425

It only takes a few minutes before the sky is full of birds.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59497

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59497

Wave after wave fly down into the reedbed to roost for the night.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59158

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR59158

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