Windy weekend

With the sun hiding behind the clouds and the wind trying its hardest to blow us off our feet, we reached the field where I wanted to take photos of the Rooks from the local Rookery. Although they have been in the field now every day for weeks unfortunately they had decided to be elsewhere today.

Above the Cows a small number of Starlings were gathering as the late afternoon sky grew darker.

The breeding population of Starlings in the UK is 804,000. Although we have Starlings around us all year round, in the fields, on the pylons and on roofs of houses, it isn’t until the Autumn when they start their murmurations in groups of thousands that I really take much notice of them.

Cows and Starlings

Cows and Starlings

I tried to get close to take a photo of just one Starling but just when I got in to position the Starling took off along with all the other nearby starlings making a spectacular show in the Autumn sky.

The Starlings were beginning to do a small murmuration and other groups of Starlings then joined in with the airbourne show. The Starlings were twisting and turning, when they flew over my head I could hear the beating of their wings, the warble, whistle and chattering call. There must have been at least five hundred Starlings by the time the murmuration flew into the distance.

The murmuration was fantastic to watch but ended too soon. I can’t wait until the huge murmurations properly start at Otmoor RSPB reserve. These Starlings probably go and join the Otmoor or Stanton Harcourt group later in the evening as Starlings travel up to 20 miles from their feeding grounds to their evening roosts.

The wind, clouds and sunshine have been making some fantastic patterns in the sky

Over head Starlings

Small murmuration

Stormy sky

A couple of birds have been braving the wind including the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Red kiteWoopecker Red Kite landed Red Kite flying

Our local badger has been visiting again. This was just before a couple of our fence panels blew down in the wind over the weekend

You can see how much the wind was blowing around these two magpies in the garden

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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