My first visit to see the Gretna starlings was almost five years ago. After yesterday's post I thought it might be interesting to compare with the previous pictures. In those days I had a Panasonic FZ30 rather than a DSLR and it didn't cope well with the poor light. Nevertheless the pictures are worth seeing. I am told that the current murmuration numbers around 300,000 birds but that five years ago it was probably ten times that. This represents a catastrophic decline consistent with other data from the UK and Europe. The starling is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
These pictures were taken in January 2010 at a gathering point and give some idea of the vast numbers.