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Starlings, Gretna Green

All the more thrilling for being entirely unexpected, this roost of tens of thousands was reward for pushing on from Caerlaverock to Carlisle on Wednesday. My crappy video is more the result of zooming in too much and not being able to pull out while shooting.

In case you’ve missed me, my Webless week has pushed the year list up to 104 with such highlights as: scaup, Slavonian grebe and knot in Edinburgh’s waters; snow buntings and black grouse in the Highlands; the annual snow goose south of Oban (but a horrible dip on its regular ring-billed gull. I swear I saw it and didn’t register it.) Black guillemot, hooded crow and barnacle geese completed the Scottish adventure but not the cracking species. A bitterly cold few minutes at Heysham netted me twite and a Med gull, and finally Lancashire delivered, as usual, ruff and tree sparrows at Martin Mere.

What a great start to the year.

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