During August and early September most of the birds desert my garden but every now and then a whole load of Starlings descend.
Here's just a portion of them, think there were about 3 times as many as I've got here.
Right little piggies for my SF picture.
A load of young Starlings flocking together plotting their next raid on my window feeder!!
This was most of the ringleaders, there were a few more on the other gable end, on the aerial and in the tree pretending not to be involved in the decision!
By now I had so many Starlings in the garden after a whole shed-load of youngsters had spilled out from their nests. Oh the noisy squabbles that produced over the food.
It got to the stage where they'd empty the fatball feeder within a couple of hours, as well as two coconut shells of filled...
Grey Squirrels are notorious for stripping bark off trees, but this Starling in search of nest material seems equally guilty.
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Taken on Thursday 22 April. It seemed a little late for this bird to still be collecting nest material. Opus says the eggs of Common Starling "... are incubated for around 2 weeks and fledge about 19-22 days later. Timing within an area is closely co-ordinated, with all pairs fledging their...
Guarding the entrance to it's new nest cavity. I can see this tree clearly from my front door step, and I've watched this bird cleaning out the cavity over the last few days. I hope it picked correctly. Although this is a favorite tree for starlings to nest in, it's a dead tree and very rotten...
The snow was soft so the nuts had fallen through. Didn't stop this Starling though... still managed to find his peanut.
The day was very overcast and we had lots of snow falling on and off, so the quality of this picture has suffered, even though I tried my best with adjusting levels and stuff...
The end of the first week in January brought our first snow fall and a decent amount too, as you can see.
Starlings had been rather in short supply for the previous few weeks, but they didn't forget where to get some grub when times got hard, did they!!
So, guess you're in for a few snowy...