Starlings leave Stileway Farm near Meare to fly the short distance to the roost site. The birds often gather in fields near the roost site before flying into Ham Wall or Shapwick Heath in a single massive flock. These gathering sites provide a fascinating alternative way to watch the birds.
Starlings at Stileway
Stileway Farm can be seen in the distance from the viewing platforms at RSPB Ham Wall. Its neighbouring water tower marks the location of the farm. The birds gather in the fields and buildings around the farm before going to their chosen roost site.
The farm sits on a small slope up from the Ham Wall reed beds.
The buildings pick out the golden light of the evening sun.
A lone marsh harrier flies in the centre of a circle of clouds illuminated by the low sun.
Finally a few starlings appears from the south.
A few large flocks arrived and surrounded the trees of Stileway Farm. The birds gather on the trees and roofs then on a silent trigger they take-off of in a single wave to the roost site down near the Wilderness Way.