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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Teenager- All Decked Out

Common starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, are pretty much horrible birds. They have two (and only two I can think of) interesting features.

They are the birds that so often fly in close formations that swarm back and forth in huge "murmurations."

And, they are pretty smartly dressed when they are teenagers. Iridescent feathers and lots of spots. Oddly enough, they also have black bills, while the adults have yellow ones. But the shape is pretty distinctive.


Spent some time trying to get the residue off the trailer. I think I'm closing in on a semi-efficient method that works.

See Birds in Flight
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Secondary Roads said...

In late summer, large flocks of juveniles invade my yard, but it's fun to watch them move across cleaning up the bugs.

Ann Thompson said...

I get more of these than anything else at my feeder

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello sharkbytes its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm wel i hav herd that teenaydjers like to ware flashy klothes i gess it applies to starlings too!!! ok bye

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