European Starlings were just a species of birds that one day or two a year would show up in my backyard and then leave a couple of days later. It was hard for me to photograph them because they were more interested in getting worms out of the newly mowed lawn and acted very shy mostly.
It’s quite a difference for this year, the European Starling came and stayed to roost and now they are part of the backyard population!
There’s a hint of disdain about the referred species by some people, a great part of them base that concept because of the economic impact they cause to their damage to crops and the farming industry. I can understand that but other people dislike them simply because they are not “pretty” or “attractive”.
Viewing them from far they may look as very dark and plain but seen much closer they do look quite handsome an colorful. They are also great parents to their brood.
The most impressing thing that they can offer are “murmurations”, which consists of thousands of starlings flying at once, forming a gigantic flock that flies across the sky in unison, creating convoluted patterns and an incredible synchronized manner. There are many “theories” of how these birds are able to achieve this task. I’m sure that there will be more in the future.
“I don’t expect to have any murmurations in my area. I don’t want any that I will have to feed! No way!”
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101