Sunday, July 22, 2007


Heard from Helena and this is what she said ~ I think it's a young starling. Youngsters are brown, not black and speckled like their parents, and none of the luminescence in their feathers, either.
About this time of the year the adult starlings start to get their autumn/winter plumage: more speckles on their chests. It can look odd when the youngsters get this for the first time. They can look like brown birds with speckled waistcoats.I think this is what is happening here. He is just starting to display his adult plumage of dark feathers with white speckles.
I'm in the UK and see this every year, so provided you also get starlings in the East USA, I think this is what it might be. Or maybe you call them something else?
First things first, thanks Helena for the info. And yes we do have birds we call Starlings. And it sounds as if they are the same as yours. So DaveKay, could this be what you have visiting your backyard? I did find some info on Starlings at and some photos. If you go there have a look under 'Do starlings make good pets' and there is a photo that may confirm what Helena thinks. Sure looks the same as DaveKay's visitor to me.
So take a peek out your window and see WHAT'S IN YOUR BACKYARD ??

1 comment:

Helena said...

That was a great link! They look so dinosaur-like when they're newly hatched! Quite dragonny! LOL!