Starling Trail

Robin - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. BR50080

Robin – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. BR50080

I was back down RSPB Ham Wall to watch the starling flocks return to their roost for another winter night among the reeds.  This robin welcomed me to the reserve as I waited for the starlings to arrive.

The number of starlings has now reached a quarter of a million.  This is still a low number for Ham Wall but it seems it is enough for some murmuration patterns!

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50189

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50189

The birds did put on a great show with lots a swirling patterns in the sky as long lines of birds arrived.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50190

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50190

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50199

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50199

As the patterns unwind the birds head down towards the reed bed.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50203

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50203

Soon huge flocks of starlings were flowing into the reserve.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50428

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50428

…filling the sky.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50462

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50462

And Finally

Waves of starlings drop into the reeds.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50568

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID BR50568

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