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Seeing Starlings

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European Starlings have been here off and on all year.  I am fortunate in that their numbers in my yards vary from just a few dozen to about two hundred.  They never seem bothersome at all.  They graze in the grass, and usually perch on in the Oaks.  Once in a while, I will see the European Starlings perch on the electric lines.  These birds eat just about any grains, and fruits.  They also like grubs and earthworms.  I took these pictures of the beautiful iridescent black-blue and brown birds in my yard.  The Starlings were out with all the American Robins in my pasture the other day.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

House Finches

House Finches

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Just a collection of photographs of birds I took in my yard on Feb. 8, 2013, and again on Feb. 9, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

European Starlings

European Starlings

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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!

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

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

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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!

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