New kids on the block

It’s that time of year when you might start seeing some strange new birds in your garden. Newly fledged youngsters often look very different from their parents. This baby Starling for example looks totally unrelated to the dark, glossy, iridescent adult birds. Yet they fly together in formation, adults leading their offspring to the feeder and showing them what to do, the youngsters chattering and squawking, eagerly awaiting a titbit offered by it’s parent.

Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, juvenile perched on bird feeder, Norfolk, May



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  1. They’re my favourites. I stopped counting at 27 last week there must have been at least 4 broods in the garden, they’re such fun to watch. This week they’ve learnt to feed themselves so not too dependent on Mum & Dad to feed them. What makes me laugh is that when one decides to have a bath they all do.

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