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Old Wednesday 11th June 2003, 10:40   #1
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Sterling delights

To my amazement Last night I looked out the window and saw thousands of Sterlings. Watching them was breathtaking and seeing a youing Sterling was nice. I watched them flyn to my tree till They all flew away
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2003, 11:08   #2
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Nice one! I've got then squabbling on my bird table right now. It's great fun watching how the juvs learn to ballance on the feeders.

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Old Wednesday 11th June 2003, 11:41   #3
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Early last aturday morning we stopped at Sedgemoor services on the M5 (going to Eden Project for the day, 550 mile round trip), and the parents were teaching the youngsters how to beg for food in the carpark.

There was a large flock running from one side of the carpark to the other looking for scraps. AM chucked some bread crumbs towards them, and they flew up to catch the bread in their beaks before it hit the ground. Throw up three bits of bread, and three youngsters would rise from the ground to catch it before it fell to earth.

Hadn't seen that before.
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2003, 11:46   #4
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Sounds nice :)
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2003, 15:08   #5
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Is that the beak or the bread hitting the ground:-)
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2003, 15:59   #6
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I was wondering, is this Stirling, Sterling or Starling?? :-)
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I think its Starling I just spelt it wrong D'OH!
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So long as you don't spell it 'vulture', I'm sure that very few care. Everyone knew what you meant which is the main thing.
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Birders from Utah will have seen this a probably a few more of you besides:
http://www.snopes.com/photos/carwash.asp
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I've had around 12-16 young starlings at my bird table over the past four weeks. At first they came in ones and twos with Mum and Dad, being fed a lot of the time, but gradually becoming more independent. When they could make it to the bird table on their own I was surprised how assertive/aggressive they were, particularly to the adult birds, who always gave way when challenged by the fledglings. Certainly no element of respect shown towards their seniors. Now the youngsters appear quite independently in their own juvenile flock, so I often have around a dozen juveniles with no adults in sight, all squabbling like mad over the bird table and the bird bath. I wonder whether they have now cut all ties with the adult birds - do they roost together?

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