Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, October 16, 2009

The female will remove eggs from another bird's nest and place them on the ground

Once the European Starling had been introduced to the New York area in 1890, it quickly spread across the nation in widespread populations. These photographs are of an adult with it's fresh fall colouration. When observed in flocks during the summer months and their feathers are darker, many assume that they are all black, yet they always retain the striking speckles in their plumage. These are fascinating birds for many reasons, one of them being that often times the female will remove eggs from another bird's nest and place them on the ground and then lay her own eggs in the ready made nest. Their song is not grand, yet they can mimic other birds as well as sounds that some machines make, such as car alarms. Another fascinating occurrence of this species is that when nesting in large groups, the egg laying pairs will all lay their eggs in a synchronized time all together. They will line their nests with certain grasses that have toxins in them to ward off many parasites.~

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