Our fine little feathered friend could not be prettier. I sat outside my neighbor's home last night parked in my car in absolute awe of this creature. A few times he stopped and cocked his head to one side checking me out. Perhaps he was wondering if he should take off, and if I meant him any harm. A number of times I have seen a group of these beautiful starlings in my grass and have had to stop to watch them mesmerized by their beauty.
A few weeks ago I had quietly taken pictures but everyone was blurred as there was a large group and at least one was always moving. This time I could not resist trying again. The gold flecks and green coloring against the dark background of the bird makes him look as if he is bejeweled.
Our beautiful little winged friend rids our plants and trees of unwelcome pests making their (the vegetation and the bird's) likelihood of survival better. Also birds scatter seeds unwittingly, promoting plant growth.
According to Peterson First Guides Birds written by Roger Tory Peterson
Starlings are an "Old World family with 103 species, many of which resemble our blackbirds (icterids)."
The particular one I photographed matches his photo on page 100 of the European Starling which grows to be 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches tall. In the summer time his beak is yellow, however in the winter it becomes dark. Its yellow, does that mean our weather will finally get warm? :-
Peterson mentions how the plumage is glossy and iridescent. The Starling also is capable of mimicking other birds, but usually it whistles "whooee."
I am grateful to our creator for making such wonderful creatures, but also for the reminder that the sparrows of the field eat and so will we. He provides for us all.