My Darling Starling


So misunderstood, an unwarranted

Tainted reputation—

At least tainted is what I got from my mother!  But

Really, this tuxedo-winged,

Lofty wind-glider with its

Iridescent, green and purple wardrobe,

None could compare with your community free fall, your

Glorious murmuration, your choreographed aerial ballet.

Stellar!  Stunning!  But just stay away from my tomatoes.

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29 Responses to My Darling Starling

  1. selah says:

    where I used to live, the blueberry growers set off cannons on a regular basis when the blueberries were ripe for picking.. but the starlings got a lot of them in spite of it.

    • We used to live near strawberry field where they did the same thing. Lovely sound! I think it was mostly seagulls and other birds than just starlings ther near the coast.

      • selah says:

        a lot of residents to the north of the fields were not happy about the cannons and complained, but there is no other choice, blueberries are such a cash crop.

        • Our cannons sounded like screeching hawks–really loud ones! That didn’t bother me as much as the poison they fumigated the soil with. We’d have to leave for 3 days because of the poison mixed with tear gas. If your eyes were burning, you knew the odorless gas was strong enough to be problematic. Then there were the illegal immigrants being chased over our fences on INS raids! Fun times.

  2. danitacahill says:

    They are beautiful birds. Wish they weren’t such pests and that they didn’t kill baby bluebirds and other small songbirds.

  3. susansplace says:

    Good grief! I had no idea! Yikes! They are very pretty birds.

  4. Yours are prettier than ours and quite the “do” yours has. I laughed at that one. Yeah, they have some bad bird habits.

    • Yeah, I thought it was funny. A friend on FB said it was rather like Rod Stewart. 🙂 Some in pictures I’ve seen have the speckles but not the beautiful colors these have–then a bright yellow bill, too.

      It’s funny. You had just asked if the murdered one was a starling, and I told you I hadn’t seen any starlinga around. They must have heard you because all of a sudden we have all sorts of them. Weird. They don’t eat at the feeders, just in the grass.

      • That is interesting timing. The Starlings here do not go after the feeders much at all. Twice this winter we saw one on the store bought suet and that was it. They are busy eating bugs now. Our Starlings go after the nesting boxes. Ours have the bright yellow bills, and speckles. Maybe I haven’t seen them in the right lighting yet. 🙂

  5. randallslack says:

    He rocks in the tree tops all day long
    Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song
    All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
    Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

    Rockin’ robin, rock rock
    Rockin’ robin’
    Blow rockin’ robin
    ‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight

  6. Excellent capture of the bird’s colors!

  7. tootlepedal says:

    I am pleased to find some fine starling pictures as I like starlings a lot.

    • My mom hated them, but I love the color. And I would love sometime to see the murmuration in person. When I watch them in the dance, it is so awe-inspiring. It feels like worship.

  8. Madhu says:

    You have captured the colours so well! Thank you for sharing that wonderful video as well!

  9. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love the colours, great metallic purple and green. I remember my dad chasing them off the lawn so the sparrows could have some crumbs!

    • I asked my mom last night while talking by Skype to Canada why she disliked them. Besides eating from her garden, I guess she said they were dirty–pooping everywhere! 🙂 Fertilizer?

  10. Reblogged this on Apronhead and commented:

    . . . speaking of my starlings.

  11. dorannrule says:

    Oh, he’s beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever met a starling, but I forgive his flaws. Great poem/song/pictures! :)Dor

  12. Lori Lipsky says:

    I love Dor’s comment, and echo it.

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