European Starling

From All About Birds: 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.

I despise this annoying non-native species slightly less than I might otherwise, because in winter they remind me of flying galaxies and I like stars.

Young European Starling eagerly awaiting lunch

©2019 Christine Glade

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