BirdCam:  #&*!!@ Starlings

European Starling

...and I thought they were gone for the season.  I can't put suet out in the summer because it attracts European Starlings (Sturnus vulgurus).  When they come, it is a swarm.  Then they don't leave until every bit of suet is gone and every feeder is empty.  I try to be egalitarian with nature.  I even appreciate slugs.  Besides their gluttony, however, there are things about these birds I just don't like.  They are twitchy and flappy and seem kind of stupid.  They have a habit of coming down my fireplace chimney, apparently looking for nest sites.  Then I must become intimate with these twitchy, flappy, stupid birds.  So, here are the Starlings and now I can be finished with them.

European Starling

European Starling

Even changing the feeder at the BirdCam station doesn't solve the problem:

European Starling

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  1. Starlings certainly know how to attract attention! One year, I had a young bleeding heart that was finally starting to gain some size. Then I noticed that many of the branches were being pinched off. The culprit was a starling, apparently my plant made nice nesting material. Fortunately, they found a better nesting spot the next year and my bleeding heart was spared!

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