Starlings!


We've had a few this year...

We always have a handful of starlings visiting our feeders regularly, but we've never had any more than that in the local area. That changed this year, when the small handful were joined by around 5,000 more! They've been murmuring over a local park, so Anneka and I went to see them a few weeks ago and I made a video. It's 10 minutes long, but you can see them doing their thing, as well as getting closer as they land in the trees. There was an unexpected bonus while we were there too - but you'll have to watch to see what it was!


The vast majority of the additional birds have now left, but there were still around a thousand left a few days ago. They all decided to murmur at the back of my house! I made a short video of that too!



A lot of people have been complaining about them, but quite frankly I don't see the problem. Here are some of the things we've heard and read, and my responses:

"There's bird mess all over my car!" - Wash it.

"They make a noise!" - So? It stops once they're done for the day. It's not like it goes on forever.

"The smell is awful!" - Don't go and watch them then. The only place the smell is bad - and it is horrendous - is at the park. 5,000 birds equals a lot of faeces, and naturally a rather pungent odour. Just stay away from it if you don't like it.

"They're causing ducks to die!" - No, they are not. Stop being so silly. What you have a photo of there is actually a starling. When there are over 5,000 of them in one place, you can naturally expect a few to kick the bucket.

Personally I think it's a spectacular sight and sound - though I agree that the smell is absolutely vile! For me it just sums up a large problem that the human race has. We don't understand, or particularly care for, nature. It's seen as an inconvenience, an oddity that must be destroyed. I for one hope that we see this impressive spectacle every year in the future, and I will continue to encourage the delightful creatures into my garden!

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