Saturday, May 19, 2012

Starlings a little more

These same Starlings continue to drop into the garden to feed. Since their first observed arrival mentioned in my previous post, it has been easy to identify the family group as being four fledgelings accompanied and looked after by two "adults". On that first occasion they were among a larger group of Starlings and other birds busily feeding. I have since been able to see them swoop down many times throughout the day to take advantage of the food on offer.

Meanwhile an adult pair of Starlings who I presume to be the parents of this group, are forever mating, on the fence, on the garage, on the rooftops, going "at it" all through the day starting the next brood no doubt.

While all of the youngsters seem to enjoy taking a rest in our garden during some brief moments when their appetite has been satisfied, there is one that I do fear for. This cute little fellow likes to stand on a small patch of grass where he cannot possibly have a clear view of an approaching predator and tends to remain there when all it's siblings have departed.

I think four young, brown, European Starlings might soon become three.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

First Young Starlings

Well the first young Starlings of the year have appeared in the garden today. It seems like they waited for a break in this incessant rain we have experienced lately to leave the warmth and safety of Ron's roof and fly down to our garden to be fed.

I expect the older birds (I think it is the yearling birds and not the parents that are responsible for feeding the fledglings) were anxious for them to leave the nest and so not have to fetch and carry the amount of food that those youngsters would be demanding.

At this point there is just four young fledglings that have flown down to enjoy the al fresco dining experience with suet pellets and meal worms being the favourite dishes on the menu.

If last year is anything to go by, there are many many more to follow in their footsteps during the coming weeks.