Stacks of Starlings

There were loads of ’em.
Two swarms of a few hundred each on the outer marsh and numerous smaller groups comprising of 20-50 birds commuting between Marshside Two and the outer marsh, as I trundled north from the sandplant this afternoon.
The November-appropriate windchill, brisk north westerly, bright sun and Starling buffet made for good hunting conditions for Sprawks, Merlin and Kestrel, and a Common Buzzard cruised above.
Murmuration time.

A Great White Egret was way out off the old wildlfowler’s car park, and Pinkies were scattered about in the vegetation, and getting used to passing cars, cyclists and birders.
Likewise the two Stonechats were showing off around the Sandplant lagoon.

Four Cattle Egrets were doing their cow thing as usual north of Marshside Road, but although Nels was busy, busy, busy, there were relatively few birds off here when I was there – the geese, Blackwits and Ruff were at the back of the marsh, only a few gulls were about and no smaller waders were visible, apart from squelchy Snipe.

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  1. In celebration of National Tree Week, the team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands nature reserve, near Neston is encouraging visitors to come and take a closer look in their woods, to discover more about the trees and the wildlife that makes its home there.
    Burton Mere Wetlands is best known for its significant wetland and the wildlife it supports, but there is an impressive area of ancient woodland on the nature reserve too. The RSPB team manage the wood for a variety of natural wonders. In the spring it boasts a superb bluebell carpet and a chorus of birdsong, and at this time of year it displays a stunning array of autumn colours.
    The ‘Tree-mendous Trees’ guided walk takes place on Sunday 26 November from 10am-12 noon and costs £8 per person (£6.50 for RSPB members). Participants will gain tips on identifying trees without their leaves and explore this in-tree-guing environment to learn more about the creatures that call it home. A reasonable level of fitness is required and booking is essential by phoning 0151 353 8478 or emailing
    For more information on wildlife spectacles and events at Burton Mere Wetlands, visit


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