At around 5.40 we were treated to the wonderful sight of a large flock of Starlings that Bill Oddie once memorably called a "symphony of Starlings" flying repeatedly over the house and the immediate area.
There were around three thousand birds in the flock and they flew in a fairly tight formation in a rapidly changing shape, an incredible sight. The birds are in a pre-roost flock searching for a suitable roosting area such as a group of trees or within a reedbed. As they flew over the garden you could hear the collective "woosssh" sound of their flapping wings. One of their number even scored, cue the voice of a darts commentator, "one hundred and eighty!" when some Starling guano hit me full on the forehead! Finally at 6.10pm the flock flew off south-west.