Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Starling


9 comments:

  1. Many folks despise Starlings here. Personally, I think they're clever, good mimics and quite pretty in their breeding plumage.

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  2. Yes Lynne, I remember many years ago running indoors to answer the phone - only to find it was the local 'mimic'!

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  3. The starlings in my yard are a complete pain most times. When they are not, I don't mind them around. They do have a very pretty song and their plumage can indeed be pretty as evidenced by your picture.

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  4. Hi Frank,
    Lynne was talking about me in her comment. I only like them in my backyard in the summer when I see large groups of them foraging for insects across the backyard.
    I've heard starling populations are declining "across the pond," is that true?

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  5. Come on Kallen & Ruthie, the are not all that bad, except in large no's chasing everything else away.

    Ruthie, you are correct, they are "Red listed" as a globally threatened species. Historical decline in Uk 1800 - 1995 & there is concern over their hence the increase in 'Starling' products such as boxes & feeders etc. We are also seeing evidence that Rose-ringed Parakeets (introduced species) are taking over Starling nest holes.

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  6. Wow Frank, what goes around, comes around. Unfortuantely, they are very successful at taking over nest cavities of many species here.

    But looking at your picture, I put all of the natter aside. This is a picture of a European Starling taken in Europe. For that I can smile and enjoy the photo.

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  7. Even the common can be very beautiful--I like their markings.

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  8. Yeh well, a lot of people would not have taken this pictures because it is just a starling but I love them and found their robe very colorful... THis is a beautiful picture with a blue sky...

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  9. Steve - Glad you liked it despite the species habits!

    Nina - Yes 'spotted' is its winter coat. In spring it changes to wholly unspotted breast & the bill colour alters. Juvs are just all dirty brown!

    Chris - Thanks again. It was taken thro' a scope with a pocket digi camera in order to test an adapter made by my father. He was pleased to.

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