West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California
November 22, 2011
Take a look at the scientific name of this bird – Sturnus vulgaris. I don’t really know what those two words mean, but what comes to my mind is “stern” and “vulgar”. This is not a well-liked bird here in the United States. First, it is an invasive species – coming from Europem and not a bird indigenous to North America. It is an aggressive species that overwhelms many of our indigenous birds. They often fly in large flocks and cause damage to crops.
Today, I will focus in on the more positive traits of this bird. The European Starling has some beautiful coloring, as you can see in these photos. Secondly, the bird makes some amazingly beautiful sounds. They are very good mimics, and the sounds they produce are varied and interesting. Following, you will find my tribute to this villain of a bird.
Nikon D7000, Tamron 70-300 VC zoom at 240mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec