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I'm a Starling... me darling...

Observed: 26th April 2012 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone’s reputation in BirdsRachy Ramone’s reputation in Birds
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I know, too common to be worth bothering with... I get more of these that I would like.
But I thought this one looked quite handsome.
And, second pic, they are the only bird that came to the "see birds really closely, stick this on your window" feeder. I was standing just inside, at the time. The scrabbling noise was shockingly loud against the glass, so I have now given up with this feeder!

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Fenwickfield's picture


I hate the word common there not common there just very resourceful and successful Every bird should be welcomed into the garden as they all have the right to be here,sorry to rant but you can up any photo on Successful or rare and the reason there rare is normally because we have managed to obliterate them and there habitat this is not just with birds
So celebrate the common as they are managing to survive


Rachy Ramone's picture

No, they are common!

Hi Sheila,

Thank you for your comments: you are right to defend the underdog, but I have to say that in my garden, they are "common" in the sense of being badly behaved!

They squabble, peck each other, swear at each other, throw the food all over the ground, scare off the liddle birds, and generally behave like football hooligans!

"Bold" is the word, perhaps...

Rachy Ramone

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Not So Common Now

Although locally common still (in the sense of numbers) you may be surprised to know the starling is now Red Listed in the UK so steeply have they gone into decline. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17523815 for a typical news story.

In London they were once an enormously common garden bird; looking at my BTO GBW data I can see I had two in my garden in March! I see one or two, at most half a dozen, in the high street daily when once there would have been large flocks. Make the most of them while you can.

Characterfull I think is a good word for them and when you look at the plumage close up you realise just how colourful and detailed they are. I think they are great.



Fenwickfield's picture


Yes characterful is the best way to describe them I rarely see them but when I do I tend to get a flock of approx 60-70 but I am situated in very rural farmland area.I too was amazed at how attractive there plumage is an amazing bird and hopefully it will get back to being common.