Marston. 23/11/2013

The starling roost wasn’t as good as yesterday when I estimated 5,000 but  still plenty came in, perhaps 3,000. They didn’t all join together like yesterday. Watching from the main track with Trev Lee and his family, it was still very entertaining, especially when a sparrowhawk joined in the fun.

Walking back to the car park in near darkness, we were amazed to find a family of whooper swans on the scrape. How the hell had they sneaked in ? They must have dropped in from behind the willows to spend the night. What a privilege ! My 116th species at MSTW this year, and a nice grip back, as I was away when the flock of 26 spent the day there back in March.

Other stuff:

  • Water rails, several heard, one seen.
  • Three little grebes.
  • Grey wagtail.
  • Green sandpiper.
  • 16 curlews.
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Whoopers MSTW 23.11.2013. Well, it was nearly dark.!
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The reedbed at MSTW,and a couple of starlings.(artist’s impression)