Starling Singing in Seattle

Clever, Corrugated Starlings

I refuse to persecute starlings for the same reason I shoot with Olympus gear: I like to assess things on a case by case basis. With Olympus, I’m in the photographic minority, adopting the four-thirds format in 2008 to the … Read the rest

Starlings on a wire in Seattle

Seattle Birds on a Wire

Like a bird on the wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
Like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all

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Starlings bathing in a puddle

[Bird] Towel Optional

A European Starling preens in a communal bath on the Seattle waterfront as a juvenile Starling wanders into the splash zone.

Starlings bathing in a puddle

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This bird bath was a series of long, narrow puddles at the edge of a … Read the rest

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These Are Not Leaves

My loose homage to Rene Magritte.

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They were so quiet, fluttering in the wind just like the leaves. Not even the softest Starling whistle came from that tree. When you’ve birded or photographed … Read the rest

Starling Removes Waste Droppings from Nest

Cleaning House

Much-maligned but still loved by me, a European Starling makes the drop: grubs for breakfast, in the door; baby droppings out the door. The parent carries the nestlings’ waste out through the portal, drops it in the shrubs nearby, … Read the rest

Starling with Insects

The Lady Fairer

Have you seen her all in gold
Like a queen in days of old?
She shoots colors all around,
Like a sunset going down,
Have you seen the lady fairer?

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Iridescent Plumage on Starling

Not-So-Ordinary Black Birds

Until the esteemed Brewer’s Blackbird Sir Swoops made a name for himself by dive-bombing pedestrians, there’s a good chance he was just one of many birds in black, hopping along the sidewalks of San Francisco without much notice.

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