Sunday, 23 February 2014

Starling spectacular in Somerset

THERE are still thousands of starlings overwintering on the Somerset Levels, but they make us watchers work hard for our thrills.  They stream in in vast numbers, but it is really tricky to know where its best to go to see them.

From the Ham Wall RSPB nature reserve there was a great view last Saturday evening, although somewhat distant.

As the huge flocks flies overhead their collective wing flapping creates a spine tingling whoosh, but its not a good idea to look up with your mouth open - if they get frightened its carnage!

As they settled down they seemed to escape the attention of the marsh harriers, but there were still some great wheeling formations:


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