Starlongs

Hi..we are completely new to this. We had starlings nest in our garage roof in April and they had 2 chicks which we think fledged successfully. Now, we are watching the male starling(  a darker black and smaller than the brown female?) Who seems to be nesting again in the same roof. He is displaying his wings and singing  and appears to be trying to attract a mate, there doesn't seem to be a female around. Could you tell us if this is usual starling behaviour for this time of year . as I say we are complete novices to bird watching .

Thank you

  • Hi ! It seems many of us are new to this however it’s a great way to learn all be it kinda stressful too if things are going wrong or we simply don’t know the behaviour of the bird itself! I wish I could help more but unfortunately I can’t. Last week I took a baby sparrow to a rescue centre as it fledged but landed on the ground by the front door and I guess a cat got to it and I found it had a broken leg..the rescue centre is open 24/7 and is called Tiggywinkles so maybe they can give you advice? If no other advice pops up on here ?

    Cheers

    Clare
  • Jacmags said:
    Now, we are watching the male starling(  a darker black and smaller than the brown female?)

    Hi Jacmags welcome to the community.

    It is hard to tell Adult male and female Starlings apart, usually the male has a blue/grey base to its beak and a female a pinkish base.

    Young Starlings are brown until the moult into their adult plumage.

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  • In reply to Clare jones:

    Clare jones said:
    Last week I took a baby sparrow to a rescue centre as it fledged but landed on the ground by the front door and I guess a cat got to it and I found it had a broken leg..the rescue centre is open 24/7 and is called Tiggywinkles

    Well done Clare and welcome to the community too.

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  • A young Starling with Adults

    What I believe to be a male

    and a juvenile changing into an adult

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  • Two is quite a small number of chicks for a Starling. I wonder if the adult is trying to persuade the other youngsters to fledge. It is quite common for Starlings and other birds to have more than one brood per season so its not impossible that they would start over again but I would expect it would be the same pair for the season.

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    Cheers,

    Bob

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