Saturday, 6 October 2012

Starlings gather on my HF Optibeam 11-5

Starlings roosting on my Optibeam OB 11-5 antenna Saturday 06 October 2012

As I reported on 18 August in Swallows are gathering this time of year large number of birds gather on my ham radio antennas prior to flying away to warmer climes. 

This week it was the turn of the starlings to settle here for a time...


  1. Nice antenna there Phil. Are the swallows keeping there feet warm. 73's M6JVF.Bill.

  2. Not sure Bill - but I think they were preparing to migrate. I don't have the Optibeam now or the big Strumech HD Tower, as I moved house to a more residential situation. I wouldn't want that number of starlings perching on my small Tennamast and Hexbeam as they are close to the house and directly over an expensive recently laid Indian flagstone patio! We have a number of pheasants in the garden this time of year however, but so far the pheasants have not taken to flying high enough to get on the aerials. The pigeons do though - and make quite a mess underneath!

    73 Phil