What a sight to see, Thom! Checked your pics...great! :t:
Anybody know of any big tree roosts away from human habitation? The big roosts in non-urban areas have always been in reedbeds in my experience.
I must admit I wasn't aware of a count of 5,000 in September from Grove/Stodmarsh. It seems very high especially for September, but I should be able to find it on the KOS CD ... if I can be bothered to plough through all the annuam reports that is!
Wasn't the biggest Pied Wagtail roost in Newton Abbot, Devon? I can't remember the numbers, but it was a hell of a lot. I remember seeing a good few hundred in Camberley outside the shopping centre and also spending several hours a day just looking at a flock of maybe 200 over Frimley Park Hospital when they kicked all the new dads out for mother's nap time.
We get maybe 150 White Wagtails roosting almost in the city centre in Bern in the Winter, but I've only seen them once this year. They get very excited about Pied Wagtails here. The Swiss records committee just accepted the 9th and 10th records for Switzerland.
Yeah, it's the last tree before Monson Road and Camden Road. It's definitely worth delaying the shopping trip until late afternoon.