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oh, no! the starlings have been voted off the island to the island nation! Sayounara Starlings!
No, it's pretty cold here. But these guys will bathe when it's above freezing. No thanks, pumpkin, you can keep yours. No...really.
Why are they not freezing their butts off? It is cold here....do you still have a heat wave? If you want more of them, I will gladly put up a sign for them to follow to Litchfield. They are pests here, and I have to admit, I don't care for them. (That is a very strong statement from one who loves creatures!)
Lorna, I will be glad to ship you a few boatloads of starlings, back to England where they belong.
So that's where all the starlings went to! They disappeared from my garden years ago.
My cat? The Cooper's Hawk carried him away. The last thing I heard was a guttural cry, then silence. Only kidding, trish. Thank you, Patti!Whizbang, I didn't know any of that. Thanks!Jan...you and whizbang are comedians!Thank you, AnkPG...the last time we had a British invasion it was beetles. Well, actually it was Beatles.
It appears that the Brits are getting together. I believe that is an English house sparrow also an import from the British Isles. Nice shot LJ now get rid of those pests.
A lot. Love it
Oh Whisbang, a starlingly large amount, which I had thought of that.
How many? A starlingly large amount! Hey Trekker, starlings have some of the best vocal vocabulary of the bird set. They're fun to listen to, with their songs and whistles, and gather in pirouetting aerial groups before migrating. And they are pretty, nicely shown in Laurajane's picture.
Wonderful! Thanks, Laura!
where's your cat??? tee-hee!!! Ahhh, nature...
These and grackles are the terrorists of my back yard, Robyn. Oh, and an occasional Cooper's Hawk, which I happen to like. They pick off my little finches for breakfast.
A fun photo Laura - thanks.We have the same problem with Indian Mynahs introduced here to Australia. We call them bully's or Pirates of the sky!!
Gee...makes me want to get out the cyanide.
While somewhat pretty, here are some facts re: Starlings- This innocuous, petite speckled migrant came to the U.S. in the late 1800s as part of a misguided attempt to introduce the animals mentioned in Shakespeare's works to America. Like Shakespeare's works, European starlings stuck in the U.S. and disseminated outward from New York City, where they originally arrived. Now starlings occupy most of North America, steal nesting sites from other birds and rob the agriculture industry of $800 million dollars annually by damaging fields. To make matters worse, starlings spread diseases that infect both humans and livestock, costing a further $800 million a year in healthcare. Read more: Starlings Invasive Species - Top 5 Most Damaging Invasive Species in the U.S.
Fun puzzle, laura. Thanks!!
Yes, and there they have to line up behind that one sparrow standing off in the background.
I would say this 'spa' is at full capacity! Thanks for the smile
Yes, Jack, they do. I ghad to fill up the birdbath 3 times in less than an hour. Yes, trish, I saw those sparrows watching. They probably wondered when they were going to get a shot at it.
theres a line at the bird wash, and them starlings is dirty birds! may take a second round. the sparrow can only watch.
very beautiful, birds also need a bath