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Postby Annie » Feb 19, 2005 11:55 pm

I have tons of these birds too LOL.
They are gluttuns!!! It only takes them about a day and a half to finish off the suet I put out.
But I guess they gotta eat too!
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Postby LucyGoose » Feb 20, 2005 12:36 am

I have those durn birds too..... :evil: :lol:
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Postby Snow » Feb 20, 2005 12:37 am

Amazing the colors they have when you see them magnified like that.
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Postby Old earth dog » Feb 20, 2005 12:46 am

As much as I dislike them, they are quite intelligent and I've heard them mimicking other birds.
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Postby Tundra_Queen » Feb 20, 2005 2:23 am

One good thing about winter,,,,they are all gone south.... :lol:

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Postby Annie » Feb 20, 2005 12:24 pm

I can't say I don't like them, and they are pretty birds. Just wish they wouldn't come to the yard in droves!!

Debbie, they leave from up north? I didn't know that.
Well heck no wonder we have thousands of them :lol:

Maybe I'll ship a few back to ya if ya miss them :wink:
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Postby rosemarie » Feb 20, 2005 12:42 pm

Well, we haven't seen too many Strarling yet and we do have alot in the summer. I really don't like them, except that they do eat grubs and I suppose thet is good, but they also go after the baby birds in our nests. :eek:
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Postby PeggyC » Feb 20, 2005 2:16 pm

Great pic Annie. I really don't like them either. :???: I finally put my suet in a cage so they couldn't get to it. Within 24 hours they could eat the whole thing! :o
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O.C. has a few STarlings.

Postby oldcoot » Feb 20, 2005 6:46 pm

In the early spring we have a few stay overs They seem to make two passes over us. One is late spring, which is not too many, and about the first frostg, there are thousands of them in the trees, it lo0oks like. You can hear there squaking inside the house with the doors shut. Seem to liked to roost in the trees in the back woods. They also cover O.C.'s front yard sometimes in the fall. In the spring they don't stay long. O.C. guesses that they leave to come see you.

I have never see one this close. It's a beauty. Where did you take the picture. It looks so close.


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Postby Annie » Feb 20, 2005 10:33 pm

He is right outside my livingroom window :)
I keep my tripod on a small end table right in front of the window.
It's where I keep my bird feeders. He is stitting on one about 6 ft from the window. They aren't spookie birds at all! They would rather stay and eat all the food LOL.
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Postby Tundra_Queen » Feb 20, 2005 11:01 pm

Annie yep I send them and the Canadian geese south! :lol:

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Postby jmboyer » Feb 23, 2005 1:59 am

My goodness, Annie....that photo is gorgeous. The clarity is beautiful.
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Postby wishiwere » Feb 25, 2005 10:45 pm

Man, I hate those things. pretty as they are, they are so nasty! I compare to brown headed cow birds here. They come in mid-spring, cause a ruckus for a few weeks and then leave! TH! A few come around till june then are gone till they pass back through in the fall. I am soooooooooooo glad they aren't around all summer. I think we need open season on them instead of the 'mourning doves' :) Just kidding............
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Postby Old earth dog » Feb 25, 2005 11:22 pm

We have the starlings all year long. The're starting to build nest in the eaves of my garage about now. Because they aren't native birds here, they aren't protected by any seasonal hunt. :D
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Postby wishiwere » Feb 25, 2005 11:26 pm

Ounce for ounce, wouldn't you think they'd have as much meat on them? :wink:
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Postby Old earth dog » Feb 25, 2005 11:39 pm

They are stocky little birds but, being trash eaters, I doubt the'd be any good to eat. :eek: Did I say that with my outloud voice? :D :wink:
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Postby wishiwere » Feb 25, 2005 11:53 pm

What bird doesn't eat trash really? I mean, would you pick through birdy doo-doo to find a seed or two to eat? :)

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Postby Old earth dog » Feb 25, 2005 11:56 pm

:eek: Night Jane! :lol: :lol:
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Postby Gardentoad » Feb 26, 2005 9:02 am

Several natural predators eat Japanese beetles. Among birds, only starlings eat the beetles, but several others eat the larvae in the spring.


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Postby oldcoot » Feb 26, 2005 10:06 am

Looks like everything in God's natures has a purpose.. O.C. has a problem with them on his Roses. Never seems to be a starliing around when you need one.............

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