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Feeding Frenzy Has Begun

The feeding frenzy has begun, at least for the starling population.

For most of this year our bird feeders have sat empty.  There are feral cats in the neighborhood.  I haven’t seen any cat prints, though, at the feeders.  There might be a hawk in the area.  I have seen quite a number of hawks in trees throughout the area.  I haven’t seen one in our neighborhood though.  Whatever the reason for the lack of birds, perhaps the tide is beginning to turn.   A starling started to show up at the feeder.  I have seen a couple juncos, a goldfinch and a nuthatch at the feeders.  The starling, though, has been my most frequent visitor.

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One Starling

For the past several days this lone starling has been the only bird who has enjoyed the food at our bird feeders.  I would like to think it is the same starling returning time and time again.  I have named him Spot, an obvious choice for a name given all the spots on his body.  His food of choice is the suet nuggets.  Today, Spot was joined by other starlings.

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Spot is the starling with its wings stretched out.

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Spot chased away one starling, but was willing to share the feast with the other starling.

6 Responses to “Feeding Frenzy Has Begun”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    Sorry you are not getting the birds there this winter… Your reasons are probably what you have said: cats around, hawks, etc… I don’t mind one or two Starlings –but don’t like them when MANY of them visit and take over the feeders.. I had to put my suet away for several days –so that the starlings would go away. It worked –except for one occasional one (which is okay). This winter we have more finches than anything… Sometimes there will be 20-30 finches on the deck at the same time… Crazy!!!!

    We got a beautiful snow yesterday/last night… Perfect one for me (5+ inches, wet snow that clings to everything, no wind, temperatures not too cold, and a warmer day today to help MELT it)…. Now–I can yearn for Spring since I’ve had my Snow Fix!!!! ha
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Denise

    You got some great shots of the Starlings Linda. I love the one of Spot with his wings outstretched. They really do have the prettiest markings on their feathers don’t they? Interesting about your lack of birds. My father-in-law said the same thing but there were feral cats in the area and he had seen a hawk flying around. Now both of those are gone and the birds are back.

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  3. Eileen

    Spot is a cute name for the Starling… But, those Starlings are piggies, they take over the feeders and leave a mess. I hope they do not stick around long.

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  4. Helma

    Very nice. The kleruen of starlings also be very nice. In the sun are really beautiful birds to see 🙂
    Sincerely, Helma

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