We met a friend on the way up who told us about a massive flock of Starlings he had seen along Cold Edge Road/Withens Road. We soon located them (thinking we were on our way to Leighton Moss) !!From the photos I tried a count - which is fairly impossible so a guestimate below !!!
There were probably around 3,800 birds altogether - with 1,400 birds in part of the flock which streamed down towards Wainstalls (lower picture). Then another flock of nearer 2,400 birds below the Hazelhurst Farms.
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I think this is most unusual to get such a large flock in our area at this time of year though we sometimes get flocks of post fledging birds at the end of summer which usually disperse fairly quickly.
2 Stonechats near Withens Head Farm
2 Barnacle Geese
1 Greylag Goose
3 Wigeon (lower pond)
Good to meet Nick and Phil up there doing the rounds as well.