Coming back from Roquessels where I’d been to buy wine this morning I saw a huge flock of small birds swarming around, swooping down en masse into the vineyard and then up again to settle on the telephone wires.
They were too small to be starlings, which often behave like this, and I think they are either skylarks or wood larks. I saw a similar phenomenon a couple of years ago when an even larger flock of the same birds kept returning to the same patch of apparently bare road.
I don’t think they can be preparing to migrate as it’s too late in the year for that, so they must belong to a species that will spend the winter here. If you have any idea what they may be, please let me know!