Starlings at Rigg, Gretna Green: Videos

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

As you will have seen yesterday, Maria and I had the opportunity to see the starlings at Gretna Green once more. This year it was bitterly cold and with quite a wind too (a harbinger of the storm that hit last night) as compared to the near perfect conditions this time last year. We were not too sure if the starlings were roosting at the same location, but on arrival we saw a small group perched on the electricity cables by our viewing spot, so we decided that yes, this was the right location still.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

As you can see from the photo above, it certainly was, and once more we were treated to a breath-taking display of which we were right underneath at times.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

In this photo above, you can see how the starlings were flying in a formation which was spread over quite a wide area, across the entire length of the field in front of us.

Of course you really have to see the starlings in motion, and so here are a couple of videos I recorded on my camera. My hands were really freezing as I filmed, so I hope you appreciate these videos!

For those of you wishing to locate the starlings, they are roosting in the woods by Birkhill Burn. Take the first road on the left coming out of Rigg heading west on the B721. Please do respect the farm and local residents in the cottages there, and any cattle which may be in the fields.

Source: Google maps

Source: Google maps

5 responses to “Starlings at Rigg, Gretna Green: Videos

  1. Hi Simon
    Thank you for your sacrifice of having freezing hands while shooting. I appreciate it.
    I suspect one could stand there for hours just watching and listening. Wonderful.
    I wish a Happy and Prosperous New Year for both you and Maria.
    All the best
    Charles

    • Hi Charles,

      Many thanks and a happy new year to you too. Maria and I have been reading your blog, and we would love to hear from you when you are able to send us your news.

      Take care

      Simon

      • Hi Simon
        Thanks for that. A lot has been happening for me recently and just have not had the mental space to get it written down. But news is coming soon!
        All the best
        Charles

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