South Brent

The Starling roost at Gribblesdown, South Brent is becoming a magnet for raptors, evenings this last week have seen an estimated 3500 Starlings coming into roost, the last few calm clear evenings have seen the birds displaying and circling the roost for up to an hour before dropping into the bamboos to roost. This evening between 5pm and 5.52pm I had nine sightings of Sparrowhawks menacing the Starling flock, on two occassions two hawks attacked the flock at the same time, the intensity of the hawks presence certainly spooked and alarmed the Starlings. The last few days have also resulted in a number of Peregrine sightings and a possibly Merlin in attendance, but the poor light at the end of the day when the Starlings gather and the distance between yourself and the raptor in question sometimes make positive ID difficult.

Posted February 19th, 2013 at 11:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News