Eagle in de skies

Eagle in de skies? Nope, a European StarlingEagle in de skies? Nope, a European Starling

Oh, I meant Eagle in disguise, a European Starling. Couldn’t resist. They both do have feathers, fly and are birds. And both have sharp bills and a piercing stare. The Starling’s stare might even look more menacing.

One is respected in the U.S. and one is despised. We are in awe of one and the other; despite having beautiful plumage, is hated because it arrived from Europe and their population numbers exploded.

A collective group of starlings are called a “filth”, “scourge” and “vulgarity” of starlings. The nicer collective nouns are “constellation” and “murmuration”.

Anyway; Barbara, here is your Nightingale.



  1. Sherry in MT October 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

    That bird has THE coolest markings!

  2. Tammy Karr October 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    A beautiful capture, Mia! The Starling does have nice iridescent colors!

  3. Elephant's Child October 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    With that plumage it is easy to see where the ‘constellation’ noun of congregation comes from. Thank you – a beautiful bird. And I love its piercing gaze.

  4. Julie G. October 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Excellent photograph of this starling! The plumage is really quite striking.

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales October 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, Mia, You really captured the “stars” in the starling’s plumage! Yesterday we saw a murmuration of birds that had the whole sky darkened… getting ready to migrate. The geese were going in the wrong direction as there was a storm off shore. And yesterday was the first day I didn’t hear a cricket. It was a day of changing… you could feel it in the air…

  6. eric c11 October 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    hahaha you got me with your eagle title =))
    nice starling shoot indeed, thanks mia
    have a nice day

  7. Stu October 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

    amazing shot! .. I need better words to describe it . A lot of your photos approach ‘painting’ status, this is definitely one of them..

  8. patty chadwick October 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    You sure caught his iridescence! They are interesting birds, even beautiful, but their grating, loud, raucous voices, voracious appetites, messy pooping, and overwhelming presence (which threatens and crowds out so many other birds), make them unwelcome guests.

  9. Montanagirl October 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Marvelous! Such great lighting and so crisp.

  10. Bob Bushell October 15, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Oh, you have shot the Starling with ease, outstanding photo.

  11. judy watson October 15, 2013 at 6:58 am

    They are very pretty birds but they eat everything up I put out in the feeders before the other birds get there.

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