Saturday, 24 December 2016

Slebech starling roost has moved north (slightly)

Large flocks of starlings arrived before sunset this evening. In total probably in excess of 75,000 (perhaps up to 100,000). Most flew over Slebech Park from the Daugleddau and Western Cleddau areas. 

Initially most landed in trees in Warren Wood and Pickle Wood on the north side of Eastern Cleddau, up slope from the reedbed. At sunset most appeared to leave the trees and seemed to be flying into nearby Miscanthus (Elephant Grass) fields out of sight of our view point. None at all appeared at the reedbed. 

The taller and more robust Miscanthus is possibly offering a safer and perhaps a more sheltered roost option?

A small number of redwings and a couple of fieldfares arrived with other thrushes to roost in rhododendrons in Minwear wood.