Saturday, 1 January 2011
New Years Day on the Levels
A family day on the Somerset Levels at Shapwick and Ham Wall. Kids took their bikes and we managed to do a bit of birding. Stayed for the Starling roost at 16:00. Started fairly mild but got colder as afternoon went on. Usual selection of wildfowl with the added attraction of a Great Egret, not to be confused with the commoner Little Egret. 100,000's Starlings congregated within minutes, some of the small flocks displayed but most came in huge waves and descended tornado like into the scrub and trees between the wetland. Must have been a crowd of 50 strong waiting for the display. Great start to the new year.