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The Trees Were Full …

Categories: Birds.

The back trees were full this afternoon (Saturday October 26, 2013) … not full of leaves but full of starlings and some blackbirds! A huge, noisy flock (murmuration) of blackbirds arrived in the trees.  What a commotion they made.  I just had to video them to capture the sounds and then clap (my husband did that part while I did the camera part) so they would fly away.
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Starlings

Categories: Birds.

The common European starling can be quite the pest in the garden, especially when they arrive in large flocks and devour all the bird food in site.  They are also quite noisy and leave a mess with their droppings.  Yet when you get over their bad reputation they are a very pretty bird and pose well for the camera, even on snowy days. European starlings were introduced to North America over a century ago.  Starlings often arrive in flocks of blackbirds, grackles, and cow birds. They are scavengers for food.  I’m always pleased when the flocks arrive in the spring
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