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28/08/2013 at 19:38

I was out in the garden pruning shrubs, when I looked up and saw what I think is a young starling.  It did not seem bothered by me or the neighbour working next door.

I went in for my camera, hoping it would be there when I got back  luckily it was:-

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30054.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

It stayed in the garden for ages, wandering around the lawn, then on the bird table, until it went back to the same bush.  No other starlings were around.

ALso got a pic of this:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30056.jpg?width=483&height=350&mode=max

 Is it a bee or a wasp ?

 

 

28/08/2013 at 20:13

Hi Lyndab, that's quite an unusual colouring for a starling though I'm sure you're right, looking at the chest plumage.  I think the bee/wasp is actually a hoverfly.

28/08/2013 at 20:17

Hoverflies are lovely little things. They are very calm and will let you stroke them. No sting, no bites. Just pretty.

Found a wonderful website last night while looking for that little green beetle for someone. It's called Wild About Britain and has different sections with photos taken by enthusiasts. You can enlarge the thumbnail photos and some of the details in them are breathtaking. The little hoverflies have little golden ruffs round their necks.

28/08/2013 at 20:17

i thought the starling looked a bit odd as well so I googled some pics and it is a starling.

and a hoverfly as Bob says

28/08/2013 at 20:45

It's an adolescent starling, just growing out of its young plumage (grey/brown colour) and getting its adult colouring.

28/08/2013 at 21:02

Never seen a young starling with a white head and bib like that. Looks really pretty. Is it a different one to the normal one you see? 

28/08/2013 at 21:03

Thanks a lot for replies - It really is a pretty bird at this stage and not skittish at all.

I think I had better brush up on flys bees and wasp recognition - nice to know hoverfly don't sting.

29/08/2013 at 12:04

love starlings they come to my feeders in droves.. very noise as well.. it is a young one gaining its adult feathers.. they start off brown and  very beautiful.. the ones in my garden at mo are half and half.. and do looke strange.. but they are super

29/08/2013 at 13:49

its lovely to see them at dusk when do acrobatics across the sky before they roost.Somerset is the place to watch them.

29/08/2013 at 13:49

What a fantastic picture Lyndab and what a beautiful bird. I haven't seen a Starling since I really can't remember when, juvenile or otherwise so this is a fantastic reminder of what I've been missing

29/08/2013 at 19:24

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30177.bmp?width=450&height=350&mode=max

 here is a young one on my feeders.. they have been large groups for last two years.. nice to see.. thou very greedy and they love suet pellets..

30/08/2013 at 13:02

gardeningfantic that's awesome. If only we had starlings. Just about everything else, but never a starling, sigh

02/09/2013 at 16:53

Beautiful photos. Definitely a starling. Saw a bramble bush covered in them on a walk by the coast at the weekend, they were this colour too. (Not a single bramble left for me to pick either!) 

05/09/2013 at 09:27

I have a regular flock of Starlings visiting my garden and like you, this year I've also had lots of young ones with their buff coloured bibs and heads. It's great to see them developing into their usual colours 'tho. YOu are'nt wrong when you say they love suet pellets, that's about all they eat here, they ignore the sunflower seeds and other mixed seeds I put out.

26/09/2013 at 21:25

I think it is definetly a Starling it is a very good photo. Where I am we get a huge flock and I saw them on a garage roof probably in a puddle having a bath. I could see lots of water flying up all over the place and lots of wings flapping.  

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