Welsh Murmurations

January 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm

A week in Wales and during that time I noticed thousands of Starlings gathering together at the end of the day and going to roost in a remote pine forest. They came together from all directions and gathered in the nearest tall trees. Unfortunately unlike other Starling roosts there were no aerial flights or murmurations and I can only assume that as I never saw any raptors having a go at them then spectacular flights were not necessary. It could well prove that the Starlings mass murmuration flights are only performed to confuse any potential predators. Click here
I had almost forgotten how common Buzzards are in Wales and without really trying we saw at least a dozen per day. It was pleasing to now encounter Kites in many areas but I am afraid the Hawfinches evaded us.