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Starling braking to enter nesting cavity
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Starling braking to enter nesting cavity (Sturnus vulgaris)

Two nesting cavities at top of utility pole near my home, both occupied by European starlings. Had been noticing starlings flying toward the top of this pole as I was walking home from the park, wondered why I didn't see them on top of the pole as I got closer; finally realized they were flying into the pole.
Habitat
Residential area south of downtown Seattle and across the street from a rather large public park.
Location
North Beacon Hill, Seattle WA, USA
Date taken
May 5, 2021
Scientific name
Sturnus vulgaris
Hoping it's permissible to share this as we're not actually seeing into a nest and it's high enough off the ground that one would need a ladder or a mechanical "cherry picker" (or some climbing gear) to actually disturb the parents and/or their chicks.
 

Media information

Category
North America
Added by
vingio54
Date added
View count
131
Comment count
3

Image metadata

Device
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D5300
Aperture
ƒ/6
Focal length
260.0 mm
Exposure time
1/2000
ISO
360
Flash
Auto, did not fire
Filename
starling braking.jpg
File size
1.1 MB
Date taken
Tue, 04 May 2021 7:57 PM
Dimensions
2520px x 1851px

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