Now when the sun has started climbing higher in the sky and spring not so very far away, the Starlings have begun to sing and their plumage is becoming more colourful.
Although February has just started and temperatures below zero every day, they have begun to claim territories with their song. This Starling male has great expectations for this spring and has started to defend part of the garden as his own. His task is a difficult one as there are flocks of 20-30 Starlings here every day in the feeding trays. But he doesn’t give up.
The Starling is a fascinating bird. In springtime when courtship begins the white dots on the breast almost disappear and beautiful blue and violet colours intensify when they ruffle their feathers and sing their love songs.
Starlings are underestimated. They are both enjoyable and beautiful.
It is autumn and we have started putting out apples for the birds. There is no way to chose the ones the come to feed in the garden and the Starling is quite common here. This is the first apple this autumn and with the Starlings around it was finished within an hour.
Why does the Starling have such a bad reputation? Is it not a beautiful bird? Not many sport such luminescent blue and green colours.
Starlings started breeding in ocean cliffs in the South East of Iceland around 1940 . From 1960 they have bred in Reykjavík and since then they have spread around the country. There are still parts of the country that the Starling has not yet moved to, mostly in the North East and East. They started breeding in Selfoss around 1990.