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Starlings Getting a Drink

This small flock of European Starlings was photographed catching a drink from the lovely little farm pond here.  I was trying to take pictures of what I thought may have been Kildeer, but it turned out that the birds in question were really Starlings.  I have never seen a whole flock swoop down together to get a drink of water before.  It was an amazing sight.   The flock basically swooped down to the shoreline for just a quick few seconds and then up and off they went.   I took these pictures from across the pond and was quite a long distance from the birds.  I took the pictures on Nov. 13, 2012 in my yard.  I also have included a picture of a European Starling sitting in an Oak that I also took in my yard on Nov. 10, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

European Starling

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Starlings

European Starlings have come in big numbers several times this year.  Starlings here feed in the grassy yards and cow pastures.  The neighbor’s pasture across the pond has more than forty acres of open space where the birds can find lots of insects to eat.  They perch in several larger trees both here and across the pond.

European Starlings mostly eat insects as well as several types of grains and seeds.  The European Starlings have slender, sharp bills.  The males are iridescent blue-black with brown areas, and are very attractive birds.  The females are a lighter version of the males.  Although these birds have been in the United States a long time, the European Starlings are natives of Europe.  I took these pictures on September 4, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Yard Critters on a Hot Steamy Monday

Male
Red-winged Blackbird

A Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, a Cotton-tailed Rabbit and several different birds were out and about in my yards and along the road in front of my place here on the little farm yesterday afternoon.  It was a steamy afternoon here with the temperature at 90 degrees (F.) and very high humidity.  It has been off and on cloudy with brief rains recently so the humid weather has been with us for awhile.  I can’t complain as we do need the moisture.

The pictures really reflect the haze in the air.  I saw that big flock of Starlings again yesterday and took a picture of them in flight.  Very impressive numbers to see up above one’s home.  I also saw my friend the Red-headed Woodpecker up on a familiar perch.  Funny to see the different woodpeckers all doing similar activities – guess that’s just nature.  I took all of these pictures yesterday, July 23, 2012 here in the yards or on the street just in front of the property.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Red-headed Woodpecker

Cotton-tailed Rabbit

Chipping Sparrow

Great Blue Heron

European Starlings

A Huge Flock of European Starlings

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!

A Bunch of Starlings

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!

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!

European Starlings

A group of European Starlings has been here off and on for the last month.  European Starlings like to perch in the top of the large Oaks near the pond in the late afternoon.  The medium-sized birds are a shiny mottled black, brown, and grey color with iridescent blue highlights.  They are insect  and seed-eating birds and have a long, fairly stout pointed bill.  Starlings eat just about any insect, nut, seed or fruit.  Sometimes these birds are seen as pests when they come to an area in an extra-large flock.

They are very beautiful birds.  The females are slightly brown in color and are a bit less iridescent in color than the males.  These birds tend to make a squeaky whistle and crackling type of call and song.  This is especially noticeable when there is a large flock perched in a tree.  Recently I saw a mention on the Tennessee ‘s Watchable Wildlife website, that the European Starlings first were sighted in Tennessee in the early 1920’s.  I always am fascinated by the European Starling birds. I took these pictures in my yard on several days in November, 2011.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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