Friday, 7 January 2011

Starlings Roosting

Watched the starlings coming in to roost at Ham wall reserve down on the Somerset levels about a mile from our house. Talking to the RSPB man there about the different reed beds that are being used by the starlings and 'Countryfile' are coming to film them next week. It seems that the starlings come in and once down into the reeds they then sometimes flit along amongst the cover to settle in the adjacent beds. Watched the murmeration for about 20 minutes as it coiled and fed back on itself low in the sky with Glastonbury Tor in the background. Tried to shoot a little footage but its hard to capture the scale of the events as birds are coming in from all directions and video just isn't as sharp as your eyes at picking out the thousands of little birds. Watched the starlings from about 4 until 4.20, noticeably later than even a week ago.

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