Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Juvenile Starling, Stumus vulgaris

Juvenile Starling, Stumus vulgaris
I love the Starling in its immature plumage; it looks very much like a frayed piece of carpet or coat. Something cosy, and which might remind you of your grandmother.

"cave-painting" look-al-ike-Starling.

My messy garden is the perfect feeding ground for the Starling. They don't care that the birdtable has collapsed; they never invaded my garden; there is enough natural food avaiilable elsewhere.

Great Tit, Parus major

Female Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs

Rook, Corvus frugilegus


  1. I've been enjoying the juvenile Starlings for the last few weeks like your good self, Yoke. The great thing is that no two are the same. They are all in different stages of "raggyness" (if there is such a word), before they become uniform adults.

  2. I think raggyness is a perfect word to describe our immature Starling, Johnny! might use it here and there again, because some Rooks do go through stages of raggyness too!

    (The spellchecker of Firefox keeps telling me that it should be raggedness, but I think raggyness suits the avian world better.)

  3. Wow, I never realized what juvenile Starlings looked like up close, almost Cactus-wren-ish. Love seeing the starling from all the different angles, great work! Hah, like the cozy-granny comparison!


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