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These European Starlings were out on my next door neighbor’s back pasture.  I took these pictures from my back yard on July 21, 2012 in the late afternoon.  There had to be about two hundred Starlings feeding in the newly mown grass.  It was a very interesting sight.  I don’t think I have seen so many birds at once here.  Starlings do tend to form large flocks.  They like eating grubs and insects and also will occasionally eat seeds.  They have a long slender bill that is perfect for digging in the grass.

Starlings are iridescent black with purple, and brown tones.  The females are a lighter tone in color with more brown showing.  They like to perch way up in the crown of tall trees.  One thing that is also interesting to me, is that I have noticed that the Starlings will move forward on a pasture in groups in a wave like movement.  Part goes forward and then the middle moves along and then the rear follows.  I am showing this great big flock in different pictures since I did not have a wide panoramic lens.  To see the larger photo, please click on the thumbnail image.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Huge Flock of European Starlings" (7)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    we get the blackbirds and grackles and a few starlings by the HUNDREDS here in winter. mobs and mobs of them…

  2. HI Linda, Hope they move on —way far away!!!!! We get the big group about once or twice a year —but luckily (so far) they don’t stay around here long….

    We were gone all day today —so they may have visited here when we weren’t home….

    • Hi Betsy, They are still around here. Tomorrow I will post a single photograph of the big flock flying over my house. They don’t bother me but stay in the grass mostly. The only minus is when they gather in the trees and oh boy does it get noisy for a time. Have a wonderful Tues. tomorrow!

  3. We get a few of them visiting every year, but not big flocks.

  4. It’s that time of year when they’re flocking once more- autumn is approaching!

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