Otmoor RSPB Nature reserve

The popularity of Starling murmurations are huge in the UK. It is an amazing sight to watch and film. Starling murmurations appear on BBC Autumnwatch and also show up in CBBC Newsround.

On my local patch we have two Starling roosts one of them is at Otmoor RSPB Nature Reserve. I visit Otmoor frequently to watch the Starlings do a murmuration however it’s hit or miss, sometimes they can do a murmuration for up to an hour but occasionally the Starlings will just drop in to the reeds where they roost for the night. It is estimated that the number of Starlings at Otmoor, at the moment, is 75,000+

Sunday at Otmoor, while heading to towards the Starling viewing point I caught a glimspe of a murmuration at the back of the field next to the path. This murmuration lasted from 15:00pm to 15:10pm.

Starling murmuration

Upon getting to the Starling viewing point I joined lots of people waiting to see the evening murmuration. It is not until you are stood so close to roosting Starlings that you can comprehend how noisy they are.

The reeds were dark with thousands of black dots each clinging to a stalk, as the Starlings found their resting place. Over the next 45 miuntes more groups of Starlings arrived with beating of wings overhead, but unfortunately this evening they just went straight down and settled.

I am not sure whether the wind or the temperature affects whether the Starlings do their murmuration or just settled straight down.

We also saw other birds such as Goldcrests and a Kingfisher as well as Canada geese.

I would really recommend going to Otmoor because there is some great wildlife and incredible views.

Canada geese

Reed Bunting Reed bunting

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. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. 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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1 Response to Otmoor RSPB Nature reserve

  1. Murmurations really are spectacular to see, you are lucky to have one so close. Last year we had one close by for a period and it was amazing to see, but even more amazing was how many non birders would stand and watch each night too.


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