Powers outside my control meant that I 'unfortunately' had an opportunity to count the Starlings again this morning as they emerged from the roost under Wandsworth Bridge. Unless Mrs Thing wants to brave a chilly morning by the Thames, this is likely to be the last count that I do this winter. There are two reasons for this. One - sun-up is earlier which means that soon they willl start pouring out before 7am, which means I have to get up stupid early to get on site. Two - there doesn't seem any point any more. I'm not being defeatist, I just keep coming up with the same number. c4,500 birds - and that was the count again. Stick that into BirdTrack I reckon and get that satisfying message about an abnormal number of birds come up. Nice.
The reward for all this? Have a look at these pictures (which are untouched save for a crop).
Wandsworth doing not so bad actually when you look at it like this.