Ham Wall RSPB reserve is somewhere i’ve wanted to go for some time and never have , so recently i went along to have a look in the day before going over later in the year very early in the morning. The idea being , i would at least have a rough idea of the layout of the place.
On the way there i managed to go the wrong way along some of the smaller lanes running across the levels and was amazed at the way the recent flooding has affected the roads making them into a fairground ride in some places, the evidence of scraped sumps on the humps in the road still fresh.
i stayed until evening to watch the Starlings and about 4-30 they started coming in huge waves but joining forces behind some woods , so there was no view of them all together. but what i had seen of them coming in was quite impressive.
It was fairly quiet Bird wise but i did manage to see a Harrier hunting over the reed beds for 10 minutes then it sailed away and was lost in the reeds and trees.
Love the starling shot! one of my favourite birding spots Tim, on last visit we saw 12 Marsh Harriers, 2 bittern, Little Egret, kestrel, GW Egret, glossy ibis, cettis warbler, bearded tits, roe deer, tawny owl, water vole and an otter as well as the usual ducks and smaller birds and not to mention an amazing starling murmuration which finished off with them ducking into the reeds as one as a pair of harriers chased them in. Not sure what part of the reserve you covered but make sure you get across to shapwick heath on the opposite side of the lane too (that’s where we saw the ibis and deer). Also lucky enough to get the red footed falcon as well as a couple of cuckoos there last spring too