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Starlings - Ham Wall

Probably a few thousand starlings now in the evening roost at Ham Wall. Impressive set of predators tonight:

1 Marsh Harrier,
3 Sparrowhawks and
1 very, very active Peregrine.

The stooping Peregrine was amazing. As the small groups of starlings arrived, the Peregrine dived down into the birds causing them to tighten into a ball. This tight ball then dropped like a stone to tops of the reeds. Peregrine was successful on the 5th attempt. The Peregrine always went the for the smaller groups rather the growing mass because I assume as it it easier to remain locked onto to the target bird. The Sparrowhawks were hunting within the roost site.