European Starlings have been here in my yards fairly often. A number of the robin-sized birds live in the Oaks and Hickories that are on the margins of the little farm here. These birds often will join together in a large flock. Earlier, back in the fall, the starlings were mostly here in groups of twenty to thirty birds. Now, there usually are about a hundred or more European Starlings here. They make a lot of squeaks, whistles, and chirp sounds. They are pretty interesting and not any trouble at all to me here. They eat insects, grains and fruits. They do graze in the grass to find grubs and worms. I think they are really handsome birds. The males are a blue-black color with lighter golden streaks. They are almost iridescent. The females are similar in color but are more of a brown instead of a black. Starlings have a pointed bill that they use to dig in the grass for insects. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
January 23, 2012