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

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.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Good to know that SOMEONE is eating those pesky brine flies…I hope by the hundreds

  2. That’s just the way I like starlings…salted! The starlings invaded our area years ago, forcing many of our native songbirds out…they gobble uo food, take over nesting sites and “decorate” everything under them. They are noisy and aggressive.

  3. Beautiful shot of the Starling, Mia! Their feathers are a really lovely mix of colors and in this light they are gorgeously iridescent.

  4. nice picture for this starling =))
    here in migration, you can have thousands and thounsands in a flying cloug, very impressive
    have a nice day mia ☼

  5. Jane Chesebrough

    Nice colouring, I guess starlings aren’t so bad after all.

  6. We don’t have Starlings here but I saw them in FL. It was a flying spectacle.

  7. The Starling is pretty bird, but, I wouldn’t have thought he want to eat salt. Have a nice time away Mia.

    • Hi Bob, the Starling is actually eating the Brine Flies, they exist in tremendous numbers near the Great Salt Lake because they thrive in the hyper saline lake.

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