European Starling eating Brine flies on the shoreline of the Great Salt LakeEuropean Starling eating Brine flies on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake

Last week I was photographing shorebirds and a Chukar eating Brine flies on the shore of the Great Salt Lake when this European Starling flew in and started to eat them too. I was surprised to see the Starling ingesting the flies because they are relative newcomers to North America and it seems that they have adapted to the hyper-saline environment around the salty lake and are taking advantage of the abundance of brine flies there. Now I can add European Starlings to my list of birds I have observed and photographed eating the brine flies here.

Mia