Monday, 15 November 2021

Starling Murmuration

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, light airs - Spent the afternoon on the RSPB reserve guiding for Clare and Peter in gloomy, but mild autumn weather conditions. On Burrowes the highlights were a flock of 30 Brent Geese over-flying the lake, a Black-necked Grebe, 100 Golden Plovers, five Pintails, a Snipe, four Marsh Harriers and a Great White Egret. Around the trail a mixed flock of 20 Long-tailed, Great and Blue Tits and five Chiffchaffs proved noteworthy, plus several more Marsh Harriers, a Raven over calling, a flyover Bittern at Dengemarsh, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Cetti`s Warblers, nine Cattle Egrets over Boulderwall fields and three Little Egrets on New Diggings. We finished off the afternoon from the Firth Lookout watching thousands of Starlings swirling over the Oppen pits at sunset prior to roosting in willow scrub. As always a memorable spectacle.

                                  Starling murmurations over Burrowes

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