Saturday, December 31, 2016
Today we had starlings in the ceiling of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing scoping out nesting sites. Squabbles and squawks about territory were going on early in the morning up where the air vent leads into building. They usually just fly in and out but we had one venture further to the ceiling tiles above the front of the store.
Dolly was sound asleep until, “tick, tick, tick”, the pitter patter of teeny feet crossed overhead. I cracked a panel open and the curious bird flew down to investigate. I was waiting with the camera to snap a photo of the exciting time. Two swoops through the store and I picked up Dolly, propped open the door and let him fly free.
Males select the nest site and then females choose a male with the best site. Resident males start checking out nest sites in winter until March. Starlings will nest in just about any cavity, but prefer holes in buildings (barns and open warehouses, signs, and in soffits) and in birdhouses and woodpecker holes or natural cavities in trees.
Early nesters http://begins-and-ends.html
Great Horned Owl Courtship Begins http://owl-courtship-begins.html
Fun Facts About European Starlings http://bit.ly/KldcZK
How to deter mobs of blackbirds from bird feeders http://bit.ly/IaZlky
How do thousands of European Starlings fly without colliding? http://bit.ly/vwM3Ra
Starlings stealing shiny money from machine http://bit.ly/uKaP8b