The photos show many of them at the surface but most seemed to quickly disappear into the grass. A couple of crepuscular buzzards were watching closely from the trees. As it got darker they started to quarter the field, disturbing quite a few starlings and causing many to move around.
|A buzzard watches from a tree as the starlings pile in|
Earlier in the day we had a generally quiet, mainly coastal walk at St. Brides. Not too many birds about but it was nice to see a feeding flock of about 100 or so skylarks and 30+ chaffinches in a stubble field, where most of the inland fields surrounding the stubble could only really be described as "green desert".
Out in St Brides Bay we could see a couple of distant divers (one definite red-throated). The local adult cormorants are beginning to look quite smart now in their pre-breeding plumage. The one photographed was a bit distant but could be seen to be sporting a short but rather fine Mohican-style dark crest.