Thursday, January 07, 2010

European starlings at the feeder

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I need to get more suet, as the suet bag has become a very popular feeder at my yard. Lately some beautiful dark brown birds with light brown feather-tips have been chasing everybody else away, then tearing into the suet with their very sharp bills. Mom pointed me in the direction of some sort of starling, and sure enough, it's a European starling, in the winter plumage. (That's not my picture, that's one from the Web.)

I know that I get excited over boring, non-rare birds, but they are still special to me, and I'm always flattered when they choose MY feeders to visit.

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