Fifteen Starlings and a Crane


At 08 00 I was out with Cai in front of our building, and heard a nice chorus of Starlings. I know they’re an invasive (in the corporate world, it would be called “successful”) species, but their merry chuckles, whistles, and cat imitations bring a smile to the dark winter months.

Anyway, there they were, on the tip of a crane: today’s post, there for the taking.

I brought Cai back in. Attaching the long lens to the camera, I had the presence of mind to climb the floors (there are six) of our building rather than return to the ground. At each railing, however, I found fewer birds, and surrounding buildings got in the way as well. Today’s snapshot, then, was taken from the third floor.

At 08 23 I was out with Fergus in front of our building, and there was only one Starling left.

5 Responses to Fifteen Starlings and a Crane

  1. goodbear says:

    i love starlings. when i first got into birds and wildlife rehab, they were one of the first non-raptor species i could identify. so shiny. but then i learned they were invasive and in the rehab world….it was almost taboo….

  2. Gina says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a starling.

  3. lavenderbay says:

    The whole issue of human intervention is pretty complex, isn’t it, Goodbear? I think of the do-gooder who regularly spreads several pounds of seed in the park for the pigeons, and the grateful Red-tailed Hawk who swoops in to enjoy the bounty. So what the do-gooder is really doing, is raising hawk feed. ??

    Starlings are small black birds (not blackbirds) , Gina, with reflective mottlings and pointy beaks. They’re cavity nesters — holes in trees, gaps in the eaves, etc. They were introduced from Europe in 1890, when a fan of Shakespeare released 60 of them in New York’s Central Park. They liked it here. They’ve spread across the continent since then.

  4. Camera-shy birds, eh?

  5. lavenderbay says:

    Indifferent, maybe. I was using the zoom lens across two city lots, and made a big crop off the best photo! But if you’re referring to the fact of their exits, I think it was due more to the arrival of the time-and-a-half workment on the site.

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