Memory Lane

European Starling -- Apr. 2010 --

European Starling — Apr. 2010 —


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

7 thoughts on “Memory Lane

  1. I have a new-found fondness of Starlings, after making an effort to find something about them I could like. They come to a hanging suet feeder in our Red Maple. They always come in groupings. One kind of crashes into the feeder, thrashing around trying to get a foothold on the wire covering while then gulping down as much suet as it can before its rival bullies it away. Then the rival does the same, until ITS rival comes and takes over until its rival knocks IT off, and gets a bit of suet until ITS rival knocks it off– and so on and so on, until really, none of them have gotten more than a bit of suet. Then they squabble and make a terrible squawking rangle about on the ground, fighting and arguing until one decides to just take off, and the others join it. And then they are gone, and the petite Finches wait all this out and then go back to their polite taking-turns. It is like watching some kind of dysfunctional family meal, where everyone stays together because they’re family, yet can’t really stand one another even if they’re family. I watch all this while humming, ‘Bring In The Clowns’.

    • That’s the way they behave in smaller groups. However, in large flocks or murmurations they can amaze you as much as watching the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)! Thanks Lance for your sharing! 🙂

    • So far I haven’t found one bird that I would dislike after I have learned more about their lives, behavior and natural value. Thanks Donna! 🙂

  2. I like starlings very much. They are really suffering here and are on the endangered list after being so common when I was young. I think one of the reasons for their decline is that there are fewer places for them to nest. I feel happy when I see a group of them arrive in the garden as they like to eat all the destructive grubs that live just under the soil. They are very good mimics and sing other birds songs as well as copying other noises – reversing warning beeps on trucks, phones, and I even heard one near to my daughters school a few years ago that sounded just like a little girl screaming as she plays!

    • The Starlings are just migrating to other locations but are far from being endangered, however, the lack of birds like them makes a imbalance and the population of insects and invertebrates will increase rapidly, crops could be lost or use of insecticides will make the soil and waters dangerously charged with poisonous chemicals. Let’s hope that it is not the case there. Starlings are like many other birds helpful to the ecology. Thanks Clare for sharing! 🙂

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