Starling rise and fall at Ham Wall

RSPB Ham Wall is a great location for seeing starlings between the months of October and March.

To arrive before dawn and watch the starlings rise as the sun comes up is awe-inspiring. My favourite location is looking across water towards the reed beds. Quiet rustling and a little movement begins before there are waves of sight and sound as thousands of starlings repeatedly rise en masse. So much better when it is a beautiful morning with sunrise colours in the sky. Soon the air is filled with starlings overhead and you are embraced by sound and movement.

The evenings at dusk offer a different experience as starlings appear in the distant sky in large groups swooping and circling overhead until they descend in huge groups into the reed beds, layer upon layer until there is a dark seething mass.

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