Starlings in the Garden

A fine crisp coloured bird, wonderful to watch - but a thief !!

A Young Starling
Photo: A young Starling in early August © Down the Lane

The Starling is on the RSPB Red List

To some, the dying population of Starlings may be a good thing, they will bully other Birds and take any available food for themselves. But as with anything on the Red List, it is important to fight for their survival. If they're there, they're supposed to be.

I very rarely get a Starling in the Garden (famous last words!!) but was lucky enough to get the above photo in someone's elses Garden close by. After they're born and until about September they have not developed the more distinct black colour with almost overall white spots and yellow beak.

Although they appear black, if you get a closer view of them you're see purples and green in amongst the feathers, the reason for them to have a seemingly sheen to them.

They like to live in Groups and will often swarm making for a spectacular display of areo dynamics.

Starling's build their nests from grass in holes either in trees or walls.

They are very fast and direct flyer's and you'll see them swooping on to the Grass to dig for worms and insects, slightly similar to the Green Woodpecker.

Their demise is once again down to pesticides, less open grassland and nests being destroyed through building work and 'improvements'.

Starlings on a bird table



I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen;
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.

Starling in Tree

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And ‘Thou shalt not’ writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore.

And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tombstones where flowers should be;
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars my joys and desires

Poem by William Blake

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