Friday, June 4, 2010

Black birds, neither of which is a blackbird.


Already Northwestern Crows are fledging. One of few birds that fledges faster is the European Starling. These two birds, one native but benefiting immeasurably from urban sprawl and characteristic human sloppiness, the other introduced and redefining the term "invasive," are not unknown to each other. Crows are rapacious predators of starling eggs and nestlings. Early spring is punctuated by the frantic shrieking of adult starlings, as crows plunder their nests.

What if they didn't? How many starlings would there be--could there possibly be?

People complain about crows, especially post-breeding season when they form roosting flocks that number in the thousands. Ooh, they're up to something.

And some people look at a starling and believe it to be a baby crow.

No, that is wrong.


Susan in the Pink Hat said...

The Starlings get what they deserve as far as I'm concerned. They are parasites to other birds nests, laying their eggs in them and throwing out the natural babies or even nestlings.

Garden Lily said...

I've always had some sort of admiration for crows. They always seem like they are really up to something.

As a young child, one of our neighbours had a crow as a "pet", so perhaps that added to my fascination.