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.
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.
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.