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!