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Image Taken on 28 Nov 2010 at 09:14    Image of day on 18 Jan 2011

A couple of hours later here are about 20 Fieldfares with a couple of starlings (lower left & bottom right) getting in on the act. Unusually there were no Redwings with them - Redwings are slightly less skittish and were feeding on Hawthorn berries nearer the house.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2010 at 19:01    Image of day on 07 Jun 2010

The starlings and the Great Spotted woodpeckers really don't get on.
At dusk on one day ...

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Image Taken on 08 May 2010 at 06:25    Image of day on 07 Jun 2010

and here at dawn on the next.

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Image Taken on 17 Jan 2012 at 08:27    Image of day on 08 Feb 2012

Plenty for both the female Great Spotted Woodpecker and the male Starling, but they each want it ALL!

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2011 at 06:38    Image of day on 13 Jul 2011

40 minutes later the mother Great Spotted Woodpecker defends her place from aggressor male starling.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2011 at 14:30    Image of day on 15 Jun 2011

The Great Spotted Woodpecker and Starling continue their animosity.

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Image Taken on 15 Mar 2009 at 07:17    Image of day on 07 Apr 2009

Starlings don't visit our automatic photo sites much, but a new camera setup on a long established perch next to a feeder attracts them quite regularly.

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Image Taken on 13 May 2012 at 11:22    Image of day on 13 Jun 2012

A few weeks of noise and Starling parents delivering food to the chicks in the loft has been replaced by scrummaging heaps of fledgeling starlings perching around the peanut feeder demanding to be fed.
The parent is feeding a mostly obscured bird on the left while one on the right shows the yellow gape.

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Image Taken on 19 May 2011 at 09:00    Image of day on 14 Jun 2011

Looks like a piece of peanut being stuffed down the ever-open craw, but it is more usually insects and worms. Avoid putting out whole peanuts in Spring/early summer - it is said that chicks can choke on them. But the adults find peanut feeders useful as a quick feed for themselves giving them more time to hunt for live prey for the youngsters.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2009 at 05:51    Image of day on 20 Jun 2009

The starlings that nested in the loft have fledged and are appearing round the house. We don't know what is going on here, but mostly they are being fed by parents or feeding themselves. The parent is on the left.

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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2012 at 08:01    Image of day on 24 Mar 2012

20 minutes later the female woodpecker is being rather more assertive?

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2010 at 18:55    Image of day on 18 Sep 2010

On the left of the original frame was a starling on the nut feeder squawking back, but this seems to be the most satisfying crop from the frame.

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Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 09:24    Image of day on 13 Jun 2009


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Image Taken on 06 May 2008 at 11:13    Image of day on 22 May 2008

Starlings nesting in our roof-space now have young to feed. The chicks are being well supplied with an 'airlift' of all kinds of squishy nutritious yucks.

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Image Taken on 29 Apr 2010 at 07:49    Image of day on 05 Jun 2010

Here a starling collected loads of the remaining feathers over the long-tailed tit nest over which we think a Sparrowhawk made or at least plucked a kill. The size & quantity of the feathers seemed too much to be a Long-tailed tit and suspect the pigeon population was reduced by 1.

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Image Taken on 08 May 2012 at 09:43    Image of day on 04 Jun 2012

Here is a different viewpoint giving better idea of the layout.

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2012 at 12:35    Image of day on 27 May 2012

With the sun just glancing along the wall at the left, this accurate montage shows a starling arriving at the hole under the slates with a beakful of insects for the noisy youngsters inside.
Both the bird and the shadows are accurately positioned over about half a second.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 09:14    Image of day on 24 Jun 2010

The starlings in the loft have been fed non-stop for the last week. Some have left and others are coming to the hole in the loft demanding to be fed. There has to be more than one nest on the rafters.

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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2012 at 12:41    Image of day on 08 Feb 2012

Judging from the beak colours, a female actually feeding (tongue out with nut fragments) being eyed over by a couple of the 'boys'.

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Image Taken on 11 May 2009 at 12:32    Image of day on 04 Jun 2009

Not just a few grubs, but a whole worm neatly folded in the beak ready to stuff into some lucky chick's craw!

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