Large Flocks of Starling-like birds in yard, eating grubs

by Mac
(Ancaster, Ontario, Canada)

They look a lot like European Starlings, as they are speckled in the same pattern as a starling, but do not seem to possess the same yellow bill of starlings. Unless the entire flock consists of females, there are no noticeable differences in colouration of males and females. While the colouration suggests female starlings, and they do have yellow legs and feet, their heads look more like an American Robin in shape, but they are quite a bit more rounder than the average starling, though this may be due to them fatening up to prepare for the coming winter months. I didn't have enough time to take a picture, but they descended upon the yard in a huge flock, at least 50 individuals, moved across the yard, pulling out grubs (we have a lot of crane flies and grubs in the area) and then they flew off after about 10 minutes.



Comment:
Pretty sure they are starlings. Their bills are yellow in the summer when they are breeding, (and they love to breed!) but in winter they are brown.
Susan

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. NH bird size of pigeon

    Apr 22, 18 06:17 PM

    Found pecking at the ground. What stood out the most was its white beak with a horizontAL stripe of yellow. Its body was black and white flecks.

    Read More

  2. My first ever sighhting

    Apr 22, 18 06:16 PM

    We moved last year from Nashville to 20 miles west of the city. Was delighted to have 3 rose breasted grosbeaks at our feeder the other day (Apr 20, 2018)

    Read More

  3. Small perching bird with red/rust breast

    Apr 18, 18 11:42 PM

    The bird I saw perched on a bush branch, facing the walking path is small to very small. Whitish gray belly with pronounced u-shaped reddish breast. I

    Read More