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Observed: 22nd January 2011 By: kathkath’s reputation in Birdskath’s reputation in Birdskath’s reputation in Birds

The birds that are eating me out of house and home.

Species interactions

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Paul Armstrong's picture

Lovely photo

A really nicely composed and focused shot.

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Thank you, Paul. It is quite easy for me to photograph these birds from any angle. 30 to 40 of them descend on my garden every day!

anonymous spotter's picture

They are a bit of a nuisance -

because they come in large groups and eat a lot . But you have to like them for their colour and their somehow cheery chatter.

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I hadn't realised, until recently, that starlings are good mimics. Some of their chatter may be the songs of other birds.

Ray Turner's picture

Back in ...

... the late 70's when the ‘trill' phone was just out and all the rage starlings picked up the sound very quickly. It was fun in the garden on a summers day – a ‘phone' would start trilling and everyone would run into their respective houses to answer it; often they should have been looking at the cheeky chap perched on the tv aerial.



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Starling mimicry

They've moved on from trimphones: one around here does a very passable burglar alarm.
But what puzzles me is the local (last summer, anyway) blackbird who did a remarkably good curlew impression. Where did he hear that in suburban Stockton-on-Tees?

Jeff Rothwell's picture

Lovely photograph! I also

Lovely photograph! I also remember them mimicking the trill of the slim phone and being present in huge flocks - but i understand they are on the red list now like house sparrows, which i also remember in Orpington Kent in the 1960s being present in groups of half a dozen or so very commonly.


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Red list

Yes, I understand that both starlings and housesparrows are on the red list but it is a little hard for me to take in because both these birds are present in my garden in quite large numbers (large for a garden). Some years ago my neighbour asked if we could take down the overgrown hawthorn hedge but I refused on the grounds that the 'little birds' live there. I couldn't identify them as housesparrows at the time, but it just seemed wrong to remove their home or playarea.