Super Starlings

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The Starling's Sleeping habits

The Starling's Sleeping habits

It's early afternoon on a November day, the light will soon be fading, and something remarkable is about to happen.The Starlings are about to go to roost.In gardens everywhere gangs of these streetwise birds halt their jaunty marches across the lawn and decide that it's time to fly back towards the site where they encountered dawn.Each flock rises as one and makes for the nearest rooftops, where members loaf and sing for a moment and then move off, triangular wings flapping, along the suburban commuter line.
At the same time as the human city workers are leaving the urban centre after a day at their desks, the starlings are going in the opposite direction.After being in the country or suburbs, the starlings know that a town or city may offer slightly warmer night air than the wider countryside, and they are prepared to fly fifty kilometres (30 miles) or more to get there.But if urban centres are too far away, they will make for a convenient sheltered spot with thick bushes or reedbeds, or dense, low conifers.As everybody travels towards the roost, flocks join up with flocks like commuter carriages filling up, and the small gatherings become large ones as the birds stream in , all making for the same place.This extract is taken from The Secret Lives of Garden birds, written by Dominic Couzens and is available by clicking here......

Suggested further reading The Starling
Christopher Feare
The European Starling is one of the most succcessful birds in the world.It lives in close association with man and has been spread around the world by man,yet it is a bird many people love to hate.The Starling is a garden bird,a woodland bird,a farm bird and in all these habitats it conflicts with man to some degree.But this broad adaptability extends to many aspects of the Starling's life and has undoubtedly contributed to its success.This book traces the developments of the Starling from an arboreal,largely fruit eating ancestor,probably in south-east Asia,to the ground-dwelling omnivorous bird that we see today.The theme that runs through the book is the species' extraordinary biological success:habitat choice,annual cycles,behaviour,breeding,feeding,flocking,and roosting are all discussed in terms of their contribution to the species' success.The attributes of the Starling which have led to it becoming so numerous and widespread are of considerable interest to ecologists,ethologists,and conservationists,as well as to ornithologists.
Suggested further reading The Starling
Flock of starlings near to Moss Side, Cumbria, Great Britain. Copyright John Holmes and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.Click here for details...

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