The European Starling is considered a pest and a nuisance, some even say a invasive species in the United States. A hundred birds were set loose in New York’s Central Park in the early 1890s by a group who wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned. Today, more than 200 million European Starlings range from Alaska to Mexico.Starlings are great vocal mimics and can learn the calls of up to 20 different species.They are dazzling birds when you get a good look. Covered in white spots during winter, they turn dark and glossy in summer.And when the sun hits them just right a rainbow of color shines from their plumage.Starlings can be found just about anywhere in towns and countrysides feeding on lawns and open fields.Nuisance or not they are here to stay. To prevent them from cleaning out your bird feeder, fill it with safflower seeds and black oil sunflower seeds.They seem not to like them but will quickly devour suet and beef fat that the woodpeckers like.
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