Day 168: European Starling

“First brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century, European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds. They are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. Though they’re sometimes resented for their abundance and aggressiveness, they’re still dazzling birds when you get a good look. Covered in white spots during winter, they turn dark and glossy in summer. For much of the year, they wheel through the sky and mob lawns in big, noisy flocks.” To read more click here

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  1. He has a very familiar face Jackie – We have a lovely little flock of them who roost in a neighbour’s roof (if she did but know it!) We watch the little family come in and out of the roof gutter and they feed in our garden. We really love them when they grow a little bigger and squark like spoilt teenagers for food! Last year’s brood were especially loud – can’t wait for this year’s! Over on the east coast in Norfolk, you get thousands of them in Winter creating amazing patterns in the sky – we call these events, ‘murmurations’ – I’m sure that they do the same thing in the States. Have you ever seen it? They used to congregate in my home city of Leicester in one of the major parks, I don’t know if the numbers have decreased in recent years but conservationists are trying to help them as they are a great little bird! 🙂

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    • It’s exactly the same way here! My patio faces out towards a forested area so they flock to all the trees. They are so fast that I have just to capture their movement with my camera. A couple of years ago an amazing amount roosted in the trees – they make an amazing amount of noise then all at once as if an invisible switch was flipped and they all took off at the same time. It was an impressive sight as well as almost deafening. As soon as they left it was totally silent as if nothing truly spectacular just happened. It happened so fast that I didn’t even have a chance to get my camera. I’m gonna try again this year. 🙂

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