Tag: European starling

Robins, and holly–and starlings, oh golly

The harbingers of spring. An American robin (Turdus migratorius) stopped by on February 9, 2018. Perhaps he was a loner. Perhaps he is a member of the small flock of robins I saw recently in the park across the street. He sat in the magnolia…

August dog days

August dog days. I wish I could say I spent major August time sitting in the shade reading novels. But I didn’t. Various projects imposed themselves upon me, taking me away from the garden and my blog. Dreadful. It has not been the best…

House sparrow

House sparrow (Passer domesticus). According to Birds of New Jersey, the house sparrow, which is not a sparrow but a member of the Weaver Finch family, was introduced from Europe to Central Park in 1850. Must be another one of those situations with Shakespeare lovers. Audubon.org categorizes…

American goldfinch

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). These photos were taken in January. Look at that. No snow. Birds of New Jersey reports that a small percentage of American goldfinches will stay in the area all winter, so I want to document that this one did show up…

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Red-bellied woodpeckers seem to be poorly named since their crown and nape are red, while their bellies have a barely noticeable red tinge. Their misleading name stems from the fact that another woodpecker is named the red-headed woodpecker. He has…

European starling

European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). The European starling is a bird we should all dislike. It’s an invasive species. It’s overly aggressive with other birds, often chasing cavity-nesting birds like woodpeckers and chickadees from their nests, destroying their eggs and young. A mean customer. Nobody…