October 13, 2013

Starling in a hole

Starling in a hole by ricmcarthur
Starling in a hole, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
He was scouting our a snag beside our house earlier this spring.
I guess it wasn't up to standard as it wasn't used.

Scientific stuff
Sturnus vulgaris
First brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century, European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds. They are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. Though they’re sometimes resented for their abundance and aggressiveness, they’re still dazzling birds when you get a good look. Covered in white spots during winter, they turn dark and glossy in summer. For much of the year, they wheel through the sky and mob lawns in big, noisy flocks.


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