A group of European Starlings has been here off and on for the last month. European Starlings like to perch in the top of the large Oaks near the pond in the late afternoon. The medium-sized birds are a shiny mottled black, brown, and grey color with iridescent blue highlights. They are insect and seed-eating birds and have a long, fairly stout pointed bill. Starlings eat just about any insect, nut, seed or fruit. Sometimes these birds are seen as pests when they come to an area in an extra-large flock.
They are very beautiful birds. The females are slightly brown in color and are a bit less iridescent in color than the males. These birds tend to make a squeaky whistle and crackling type of call and song. This is especially noticeable when there is a large flock perched in a tree. Recently I saw a mention on the Tennessee ‘s Watchable Wildlife website, that the European Starlings first were sighted in Tennessee in the early 1920’s. I always am fascinated by the European Starling birds. I took these pictures in my yard on several days in November, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!