|Just a few of the adult and juvenile Starlings that were feeding in the garden yesterday morning.|
Most if not all of the adult Starlings have fledged young now and a typical brood size seems to be at least 4, so given there are 80+ pairs using the garden they could be feeding over 320 juveniles and it certainly sounds like they are at times. The first juveniles were seen in the garden on the on the 11th but I didn't ring any until the 14th when 7 were caught. Since then the number of juveniles has rocketed, as is to be expected with a species that has a highly synchronised breeding season, and the number ringed over the last 5 days now stands at 99. As productivity appears to be as good as it was last year I am likely to ring another 200 juveniles over the next few weeks but only time and a lot of effort will tell.
|The bird bath gets well used at this time of year and needs filling several times a day.|
|This adult seemed to want the bird bath to itself.|
|Young Starlings soon return to feeding in the trap after being ringed and as I colour-ring them all there is no need to trap them again.|
|This one was in a berberis right in front of a window and was picking midges off the leaves. This and all the photos above were taken through double glazing so aren't as crisp as I would like them to be.|