Wednesday, December 5, 2007

European Starlings

Well! It appears that the cool looking but somewhat aggressive/rambunctious birds in my yard this morning were European Starlings - an invasive species that has grown from 100 birds to over 200 million, likely at the expense of many of our native birds that compete with the starling for nest holes.


100 European Starlings were introduced to North America in Central Park (New York City) in the early 1890's by a group dedicated to introducing America to all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's works.

They were beautiful to watch - though we'll see what I'm saying if they eat me out of house and home and drive away my little birds!

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