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The starling roost is over
The flocks of starlings that have been roosting here at Fen Drayton Lakes have now moved on, leaving just a relatively small flock of local, hardy residents. Although these birds try, there just aren't enough of them to give the fantastic displays we were seeing when there were over 1000 starlings...
26 Nov 2011
For most of Sunday, we weren't sure if we'd see any starlings, because of fog. In fact, it was so dense that for much of the day we couldn't even see the nearest edge of Holywell Lake. As the starlings usually roost on the far side, prospects didn't look promising, but right at the end...
20 Nov 2011
We've come to expect the roosting starlings to frequently do something different here at Fen Drayton Lakes. Saturday night was no exception. Perhaps "our" starlings had seen Autumn Watch on TV on Friday - did you see the fantastic starling display in Ireland? Whatever the reason, Saturday's...
20 Nov 2011
Saturday night's roost was so good that some of the watchers came back for more tonight! One of the returning families had seen a short-eared owl as they left after Saturday's roost. The performance was another good one, although there were just 2000-2500 birds here tonight. Where were the...
13 Nov 2011
starlings back on form
Once again, many people came to watch the starling roost at the end of this afternoon, including a number of RSPB colleagues from other locations. Some of the visitors come to watch the show frequently, and others were hoping to see the spectacle in real-time for the first time.. I'm glad to report...
12 Nov 2011
rough-legged buzzard and starlings
We saw a rough-legged buzzard flying to the north of the Holywell Lake car park this morning - the 141st bird recorded from the car park in just over 3 years, and just 4 days after hen harrier was added as the 140th. A short time later, we heard that the rough-legged buzzard that has been in the Hanson...
6 Nov 2011
hen harrier again
A ring-tailed hen harrier and common buzzard have been seen this afternoon, having a tussle above our neighbour's fields alongside the entrance road.
5 Nov 2011
Immature or female marsh and hen harriers have been seen at Fen Drayton Lakes this morning (at least one of each), Also, bitterns have been seen and Cetti's warblers have been heard.
2 Nov 2011
back on form
After a couple of below-par performances, the starlings gave a much better performance tonight. The estimated numbers had dropped back a bit from the beginning of the week, and the flying displays had been relatively short, with the flock dropping into the chosen roost site before early. Late arrivals...
30 Oct 2011
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