The RSPB says of the Starling “Still one of the commonest of garden birds, its decline elsewhere makes it a Red List species.” which seems confusing. Does that mean it is declining outside gardens, or in other parts of the world? Perversely Wikipedia puts their conservation status as “least concern”.
We have memories from childhood of starlings being omnipresent around the house and then seen as a pest by parents for their roof nesting mess. We can also remember murmurations over our the city of our previous life before all public buildings were swathed in anti-roosting netting.
But in our previous suburban life it was rare to see a starling in the garden. There was one occasion that sticks in memory when young daughter called us with excitement to ask what this exoctic visitor was.
And then to here. And for two winters we never saw a starling. Then this time round they arrived.
But then a breakaway group decide to make Gribin Isaf their home for the day
Preening and scratching
and actually singing (as opposed to their communal chatter), something they seem to do without really opening their beaks
As this is being written, coincidentally, this has been on the television. Perhaps our starlings go to Rome every night