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Black Iridescent Bird, Coastal Maine USA

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Old Friday 11th July 2014, 01:31   #1
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Black Iridescent Bird, Coastal Maine USA

Hi I need help on this one. Taken today in coastal Maine USA. These are two different birds but a pair were sticking together. Eyes are black which appears to rule out a lot of Grackles. But Iridescent. Hmmm...
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European Starling.
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Old Friday 11th July 2014, 01:51   #4
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No white spots all over. All the starlings I have seen have white spots on back and chest.
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Starlings molt in autumn. Their new feathers have white tips. These gradually wear away so in spring they usually have tiny spots and by midsummer all the white has vanished.
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As a European, I can confirm they are most certainly European Starlings. Or just 'Starlings' as they are known over here.
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Or Common Starling, as their natural range includes Asia ( as far east as Lake Baikal anyway )
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As a European, I can confirm they are most certainly European Starlings. Or just 'Starlings' as they are known over here.
I won't tell you what we call them each spring when they try and nest in our eaves!
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I won't tell you what we call them each spring when they try and nest in our eaves!
Or when we count flocks of several thousand on our Christmas Count.
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