Bird creche

ringed starling 2

It’s been a starling summer.   I first noticed this ringed bird in the Spring.  I have a number of clear photos of the rings and have dutifully attempted to report the sighting to various organisations – this has turned out to be so complicated I have given up for the time being.  One of these days, when I have an entire day, week to spare I shall try again.

As I understand it, the word ‘murmuration’ was coined due to the enormous flocks that darkened the skies over London some years ago.   The sound of their wings as they came in to roost.   They were once so common, the sheer weight of them, perched on the hands of Big Ben, literally stopped the famous clock in it’s track.

For reasons no one is entirely sure of, the numbers have declined by either 82% or 70% depending on which website you happen across.

Despite the fact our twenty odd juveniles are eating us out of house and home, under the circumstances we feel rather privileged to have them.

feeding baby

After introducing their offspring to our bird restaurant, the parents disappeared and haven’t been seen from that day to this.  And who can blame them.



Bath time.


Endless squabbling and bickering.   So much for ‘murmuration’.   The racket they make could waken the dead.

Starling apple

So far not a single apple has survived to be sampled.

It wouldn’t be so bad if they grew up fast and headed back to London where they belong.


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17 Responses to Bird creche

  1. Arkenaten says:

    What a treat.

  2. Such a cute family. Mom and Dad obviously knew you’d look after their babies well. 🙂

    • footsy2 says:

      Phew! The responsibilities involved are weighing heavily. We are away for a month – fortunately our neighbour is deeply under obligation and will feed :-).

  3. Pussycat44 says:

    Noisy little buggers, but I love them, too. Much like my Mynahs.

  4. Gunta says:

    Somehow they were imported across the sea where they have become an incredible nuisance. They have prospered here and they are the sort of bird that is displacing our native species.

  5. libraschild says:

    SOME people think your part of the world is almost london! Cheeky little buggers aren’t they? I’m quite partial to the swan family on the canal. There were seven offspring this year and mom and dad seem to have managed to keep all of them which is more than they managed last year

    • footsy2 says:

      Around about 15 miles as the crow flies, I guess. Which sounds like nothing until you have braved the traffic, the hoards of commuters, and splashed out enough cash to fly to Spain. Spain is a lot less stressful, come to think of it :-).

  6. colonialist says:

    At least they do have enough size to make the eating you out of house and home seem feasible. Our teensy weensy manikins seem to be gannets in disguise. Twenty kilograms of birdseed in one month is plain ridiculous!

    • footsy2 says:

      Birdseed is their 3rd choice in these parts. First they are gluttons for suet. Second comes bread crumbs (please don’t tell me it’s bad for them :-(). Then comes the birdseed. Like dogs, they desire people food.

  7. footsy2 says:

    Same applies to meds. What the vet charges is obscene. If you can find the human equivalent, which is frequently identical, you can save yourself thousands!

  8. cocoaupnorth says:

    Lovely photos! I’ve also learned a new word, ‘murmuration’. Thanks to you:-)

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