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European Starling

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    1. Thank you Bro! I learned that these guys are largely considered to be pests. They beat out chickadees and woodpeckers for nesting spots. Aggressive variety of bird. They first arrived here in North America by way of New York in 1890. They are listed on the US Dept of Agriculture’s National Invasive Species registry. Described as adaptable, tough, and intelligent. Interesting bio!

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      1. I had the best mentor when I was learning the ropes he told me once after a particularly rough interaction on the job that there really is such a thing as Asshole Personality Disorder (APD). Made me laugh. I think this variety of bird might fall under this category too. I’m not down with bullies either Bro.

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    1. Hi John, you and Ashley made me curious too. I found this information on the US Forest Service website:

      “European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) were released in Central Park, New York, in 1890. From there they spread rapidly, and their range now extends from coast to coast and from Alaska to the tropics in Mexico.

      Starlings are now among the most abundant species of birds in North America. Although their glossy, iridescent feathers are attractive, starlings are aggressive competitors for nest sites during the nesting season, displacing native avian cavity nesters such as chickadees and woodpeckers.”

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  1. Like John, what are these birds doing over there, so far from home? As a child, I remember some of them nested regularly in the eaves of our house and my brother and I would wake up to them ‘chattering’ outside our window (our room was at the top of the house, 3rd floor). There are no nests on my current house but starlings do visit the feeders in the garden.

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    1. I found this information on the US Forest Service website:

      “European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) were released in Central Park, New York, in 1890. From there they spread rapidly, and their range now extends from coast to coast and from Alaska to the tropics in Mexico.

      Starlings are now among the most abundant species of birds in North America. Although their glossy, iridescent feathers are attractive, starlings are aggressive competitors for nest sites during the nesting season, displacing native avian cavity nesters such as chickadees and woodpeckers.”

      Sounds like they are deemed invasive aggressive birds. Interesting! When you see them are they in big groups?

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