I watched enthralled. Wait a minute, common birds aren't supposed to be interesting are they! (Well, I must confess I'm not the slightest bit interested in the comings and goings of those bloody Canada Geese!) Eventually, I just had to try and capture the spectacle with my wide angle lens!
You have to bear in mind, these are snapshots - a small part of a much bigger spectacle. I'm going to guesstimate at least 20,000 Starlings - the woooosh of wings, the pitter patter of droppings
It happened a few years ago when (as now) they were using the confers lining the nearby railway track as a roost.
A few of the neighbours came out too - what's going on - where have they come from - why are they doing this..... I don't really care - all I know is that it was the most amazing sight to behold - jaw dropping in fact!
Rob's gonna take a look tomorrow evening and help me to count every single one :-) Wonder if Andy's got a big enought net?