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A Flock of Starlings

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European Starlings often come around in a flock of about one hundred birds.  The Starlings feast on worms and insects in the grassy pastures around here.  I took these pictures on a rainy January 1, 2013 from my covered front porch.  I saw a lot of the Starlings in the grass but also saw a group perched in the crowns of two Oaks just at the side of the pond.  The Starlings are smaller medium-sized birds that are a lovely iridescent blue-black with a long pointed yellow bill and black eyes.  They are interesting and don’t seem too wary about people being around.  The Starlings are around this community quite often but do come and go.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture in the gallery.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Flock of Starlings" (11)

  1. I have seen Starlings in flocks around here before –but not lately… They usually fly through, stop for a little while, and then move on!!!!! Did you read about all of the Startlings found dead on the ground somewhere in East TN??? They weren’t sure what happened to them.

    Have a good day. We MAY see some sunshine today. Yeah!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, No, I had not read about those particular birds. Sad, but that’s nature. Yes, it was quite cold today. Hope it does warm up a bit but at least it was partly sunny. Have a great day tomorrow!

  2. They visit here some times too but I didn’t see any last year.

  3. Wow, I would want a hundred birds around my yard. But they are neat to see large flock in flight. Great shot, have a happy day!

    • Hi Eileen, Many thanks! Yes, Starlings are here in big numbers which sometimes gets interesting in lots of ways. Ha! Have a fantastic Friday tomorrow and thanks for your excellent comments!

  4. The starlings are imports. Did you know they can be taught to talk quite well? We have many here, the babies are bigger than the parents.

  5. And starlings, ouch! We had a flock of a quarter to half a MILLION across the street from my house about 15 years ago that came for the murmuration during mating and raising young. A murmuration is when thousands of starlings fly like a swarm of fish, swaying back and forth before finally settling into their nesting area. Wish I had HD video of ours, but I do have some stills- http://flic.kr/p/4DSDna . I got the count from the local extension agent. I knew there were a lot, but never dreamed there were that many! Since I don’t have video of mine (which covered about a mile wide area at it’s widest) here’s a YouTube of the phenomenon-

    • Forgot to mention, the starlings had a two year run across the street. They’d come at sunset and leave at sunrise. Never left any messes at our house but I can’t imagine what the woods looked like! Here the extension agent told me they like to roost in trees about 12 to 14 feet high, so they must have moved on to find some that tall.

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