Barrie and I tried to track down the whereabouts of the Starling roost this year – they have moved on from Bradford. As you can see, we struck gold a few miles west of Bradworthy. The birds went into a large conifer plantation around 5.30pm.
I have given up trying to calculate numbers and prefer to focus on the beauty of seeing such a wonderful spectacle. Having said that, numbers certainly run into the hundreds of thousands at the moment and there were several birds of prey in among them, some that I hadn’t noticed until I reviewed my photos – Sparrowhawk and Buzzard most obviously.
When zooming in on any given image, I find it quite mind-blowing to think of each tiny dot as an individual bird.
Truly one of the great winter wildlife treats.
Make the most of them – they will be leaving for central Europe and Scandanavia within the next few weeks.
Julian Pomroy – 17th February 2019