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European Starlings

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!

Comments on: "European Starlings" (10)

  1. they’re really beautiful birds! we’ve been getting a few mixed in with tons of blackbirds and grackles here! 🙂

  2. Did you know they can talk if trained. There was a pet starling named Sprinkle who talked quite a bit. All i know is they descend in flocks and eat all my seeds!

  3. That’s a bird we see here in the summer, never in the winter though.

    • Hi Montucky, I did not know that. Interesting fact. Your birds may be flying Southeast. Who can tell? I saw a larger flock of Starlings here in the yard this afternoon. That group was very flighty compared with earlier groups here. Have a super nice Sunday and thanks for your nice and informative comments here.

  4. We have very few Starlings up here, Linda. I am glad about that though since they can take over the bird feeders.. BUT–you are right. They are gorgeous birds.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  5. I’ve not seen those on our property, though, I see them in towns. Love the photos of the flock in flight just over the lawn.

  6. Great post, the starlings are pretty and they can be real piggies. At least they are my feeders.

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