Monday, January 14, 2008



European starlings in winter regalia.....
(They become mostly sleek, black, irridescent, losing their spots in spring and summer...)

Not native to the U.S.

Not accepted into the American wildlife animal hospitals (they are non-native species)

Not nurtured due to their distant origins
And enormous numbers

Brought to this land by foreigners

Thriving in unbelievable numbers

Still

Beautiful

Funny

Ventriloquists


Endearing

Wild


Birds
Personal note: Don't ever park underneath light fixtures at Von's Markets, where you might happen to notice a giant ring of black ruineous fruit remnants (such as olives or plums), where you can notice the cars beneath the said light fixtures completely covered and in fact corroded with droppings of said birds above, whistling, wheedling, "singing" as they perch on the giant parking lot lights above...
I had a bird once, his name was "Arnie, the Darling Starling"(name taken from a Reader's Digest Story I read about ) whom I lucked upon when he was a fledgling... a young starling who loved to part my toes with his beak, looking for bugs, grapes (man, he loved green grapes) ... I fell in love. I swear, they MUST be distantly related to corvids....




12 comments:

Anonymous said...

MINI!!!!!!!! *sigh* Beautiful portraits in their Winter garb ;)

Tom & Icy said...

I hate to say it, but in this neighborhood they are called cat food. I throw bread on the roof of our garage for them where they're safe.

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

very nice shot...first i thought a it was a king cobra...later i found cute portraits sitting ina relax mood...great...

RED MOJO said...

Wonderful photograph. They look very sweet. I'm a sucker for birds though, well, animals really.

Mo'a said...

Poor things...how long must they live in the US to be accepted?
I am so excited...this morning we saw two Blue Birds at our feeder :)

SoCal Sal said...

I had to cut down the trees by the driveway.

I didn’t know corvids were toe parters.

ariel said...

I am told they can make any noise they hear, door slam, car, bark, anything. Wonderful little things.

Anonymous said...

TSDuff, YOU MAKE MY DAY! Yes it's ANOTHER award ... :)

Nessa said...

That is such a neat picture. I had to look at it several times to see it properly.

Catnapping said...

woah. GREAT CAPTURE.

I have a few living close by my new city digs. They use the roof across the alley as a bird bath in the summer...the sunken areas there collect lotsa rain water.

now that i've sorta figured out the "movie" option on my digital camera, i hope to capture their antics this coming thaw.

love,
cat

Kelly said...

Did you really take that with your new camera? Or did you just find that shot somewhere? It is a perfect portrait of starlings, capturing their characteristics perfectly (as was your prose beneath about the Vons parking lot). Anyways, it is an excellent shot. :D

jillie said...

At first I wasn't sure WHAT that was and took a second look. What pretty birds.