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Starling Sightings

Many European Starling birds live in the trees at my next door neighbor’s place.  There also seem to be a few starlings roosting in the woods at the Southern end of my property.  Starlings are very beautiful birds.  They have a bad reputation because they sometimes are seen in huge flocks numbering in the hundreds.  When such a large flock comes to visit, they can eat a lot of garden crops, make a mess with their droppings, and become an unwelcome noisy pest.  Fortunately for me, only about thirty or so birds at a time have been here.

The starlings are interesting because of their squeaks, whistles, and chirp-sounding songs.  The European Starlings are an iridescent black and brown with tan highlights.  They also have slight blue, yellow and purple tinges to their wings in the sunlight.  In the right light, the highlights of these feathers seem almost rainbow-like.  The females are more subdued and a bit more brown in color.  These birds eat just about anything from insects to seeds and fruit.  I am usually very happy to have the starlings here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Starling Sightings" (10)

  1. we only get them in small numbers, too. we get far more blackbirds and grackles.

  2. The starlings here gather in large flocks and eat up all the seeds! They are gone in minutes and none of the other birds get any!

  3. HI Linda, Glad you don’t have bird feeders out down there if there are THAT many Starlings around. We see them here sometimes in the winter –but they don’t seem to stay around here long (thank goodness)… They are pretty birds though–just wish they weren’t so aggressive around the feeders…

    Great group of pictures.

    • Hi Betsy, Thanks! Yes, the Starlings can be aggressive when feeding at bird feeders. We have a resident flock of European Starlings (about 20) here now. Have a great Monday tomorrow and thanks for your always nice comments!

  4. During the last few summers we had starlings in residence here raising their families, but only a few. This year they didn’t come: don’t know why. They are a little boisterous, but we enjoyed seeing their young ones.

  5. I do not usually see many starlings in my yard. Once in awhile I might see one or two. I’m glad they stay away, I m sure they would just take over all the feeders.

  6. I rarely see them out here in the country, but they are very common in towns around here. I know they are considered pests by a lot of people, but they are very beautiful, I think!

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