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common starling

  1. Common Starling.jpg

    Common Starling.jpg

    Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) Previously known as the European Starling.
  2. Starling Sun gazing

    Starling Sun gazing

    ... well there's no stars during the day... and it was a surprise to see some blue sky in the middle of a pretty wet autumn! The light didn't do me any favours; I've played about with the levels, but still not great detail in there, sorry. TTTW


    The small bead of peanut butter at the point of its bill lets you know why he came to the yard.
  4. Starlings, testing the wires.

    Starlings, testing the wires.

  5. Feasting


    This whitebeam was full of feasting Starlings that day, and perfectly lit by the sun. I got dozens of shots I'm really happy with, but rather than bore you with endless variations on the theme I've chosen this one, which I think was possibly the best of a good bunch.
  6. Starling


  7. Before social distancing

    Before social distancing

    Back when strangers could meet at the communal baths without worrying about households and "bubbles". Well, at least back when birds still could meet, before we learned there was a new bird flu spreading around Europe.
  8. Imitator


    Starlings can imitate other birds' songs ... and behaviors. Not sure whether this one is imitating a woodpecker or a treecreeper.
  9. Winter spots

    Winter spots

    This Starling seems to be ready for winter with his spotty coat on, and some people seem to be quite keen for some snow. But I'm quite happy with autumn colours still. TTTW
  10. SF3 - showerer & showeree

    SF3 - showerer & showeree

    From a long series of puddle pics of Starlings and House Sparrows. I think I've shared even funnier ones from this series before.
  11. Plotters


    I'm sure these two were planning some mischief between them. Wonder what though? LOL
  12. Crashed out

    Crashed out

    I'd got loads of young Starlings around at that time, think this was now the second batch of them to come out of the nest.
  13. Common Starling

    Common Starling

    November juvenile !
  14. starling


    he wasn't yelling at me, but inciting the fledglings to quit the nest
  15. Common Starling

    Common Starling

    Although they are an invasive species and I have stated my dislike for them many times, I will grudgingly admit, they can be pretty if you take a close look.
  16. Common Starling

    Common Starling

    Looks like he's pleased with how many berries are there for the taking. He gobbled a lot of them! I think they are elderberries.
  17. A bird of many colours

    A bird of many colours

    This Starling is recognised more as the Common Starling and is a widespread Species across most of Europe. In Europe the other main species of Starling is the Spotless Starling; Unlike the high diversity of species across Asian countries. Starlings inhabit a wide range of habitats from the...
  18. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Common Starling

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Common Starling

    I spread peanut butter on the trunks of this small maple. The bark is smooth and birds like starlings and Blue Jays can't cling to it and cobble at their leisure. However woodpeckers can. The Starlings and Jays have to hover for a bite, so you often end up seeing a scene like this.
  19. Common Starling Fledgling

    Common Starling Fledgling

    I often see photos of Starling parents with 4 or 5 fledglings following them around. That is a rare sight here. Most of the time it's only one or two youngsters with the parents. I suspect young starlings are victims of heavy predation around here. This one seemed to be doing OK though.
  20. Starling Fledgling

    Starling Fledgling

    At this point they are a stomach with wings.