They circled the reed bed for at least 15 to 20 minutes before finally dropping in to roost. Site-specific information is visible only to the observer and eBird reviewer(s) for the region. Starling murmuration - Middleton Moor My first visit this year to Middleton Moor. MASSIVE Thank You to the huge response from so many people after Winterwatch last night. Combined with the piece on Murmurations on the programme and them tweeting including us and a link to the Murmuration Map we have had a lot of new information. If visiting Derbyshire between November – February a starling murmuration can be witnessed each evening near the Cavendish Mill in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. There was no pre-roost display flight but their behaviour probably varies with the weather, still a very impressive sight. Starlings need to be able to fly at all times so moulting is a gradual process and you might see brown starlings with odd looking black patches on their bellies. Estimates of the number of birds currently roosting there vary wildly but there are clearly many thousands from James's description. Middleton Moor (SK2074) Greylag Goose, Sparrowhawk, 30,000+ Starlings into the roost Middleton-by-Youlegreave (SK1963) Sparrowhawk Pleasley Colliery (SK4964) Goldeneye, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 26 Snipe Carsington Water (SK2451) 2 Great Northern Diver, Brent Goose, 2 Scaup Thousands of starlings create shapes over Middleton Moor in the Peak District. A total of 36 species for the day I thought was pretty good for Middleton Moor! This evening James went to the Starling roost at Middleton Moor. All has now been added to the map with new sites added and a lot updated with new information. Each evening around dusk, thousands of starlings return from their daytime feeding grounds to roost amongst reedbeds located on Middleton Moor. Each evening around dusk, thousands of starlings return from their daytime feeding grounds to roost amongst reedbeds located on Middleton Moor. 06.50 Mary & Mike 1, Raven 2, Tufted Duck 3, Canada 4, Starlings (200+ am) 5, Magpie 6, Sparrowhawk 2juvs being harassed by magpies 7, Kestrel 8, Buzzard am – seen several times during pm 9, Mallard 10, Collared Dove 11, Carrion Crow 12, Woodpigeon They appear to leave the roost in two groups, the video is of the first group. Site location details and google satellite image for Middleton Moor Please click on the map icon below to load Middleton Moor in your preferred map Latitude\Longitude: 53.26585 , -1.70154 Starlings leaving the roost at about 07:30. Birdwatchers gather to watch the murmation of starlings at Middleton Moor, Derbyshire on 20 January 2014. Starling numbers were quite low, I estimated 6-8K birds, but what they lacked in number they certainly made up for with the murmuration. 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