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The Shivery Starling Symposium

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‘Despite the very chilly weather, we’ve flown in for our Starling Symposium.’
‘Heat rises, so we are waiting up high …’

‘… yes up EXTREMELY high …’

… another Starling delegate arrives …

‘But, this bird here isn’t a Starling … hop it .. go join your Sparrow convention …’

Down below in the Gravel Garden, the Skimmias and Heucheras are smiling through the icy air …

…. a solitary primula puts on a brave face …

… the heroic Aucuba lightens up a dark corner …

… and Phoebe’s bright buds hint at the promise of pretty petals soon to unfold …

Truffle loves the new blue squeaky toy … but he doesn’t like cold weather …

’Let’s go back indoors !’

Finally a full quorum is in place for the Starling Symposium …
‘Hurry up … it’s freezing out here …’

‘Must get through our avian agenda before bedtime !’

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entertaining as usual tt :o)

26 Jan, 2017

 

Thank you ... c. c. c. c. c. cold here today !

26 Jan, 2017

 

Lovely Terra !

26 Jan, 2017

 

A lovely blog as always Tt. I've only seen 2 starlings here so far, but I was treated to a murmuration as I was driving towards Rawcliffe last week. It was fascinating to watch them wheeling about. Pity I didn't have my camera with me and I didn't think to use my phone camera.

26 Jan, 2017

 

Thanks Driad and Homebird ..
starlings are very photogenic and entertaining, aren't they.
They very much appreciate the bird baths in my garden.

26 Jan, 2017

 

I love the way you see the world Terra! :)

26 Jan, 2017

 

Thanks Karen ..
My imaginary world is a happy place !

26 Jan, 2017

 

Nice to see Truffle enjoying some fresh fresh air. We don't seem to get Starlings in our garden anymore, strange.

26 Jan, 2017

 

Hi Siris ... Starlings used to nest under the eaves of houses inside broken wooden fascias .. but when plastic gutters and fascias became popular, there were less nesting places for the Starlings ...
Truffle prefers to sunbathe outdoors on warm days !

26 Jan, 2017

 

Nice blue sky there Terra...I do enjoy watching the birds..Truffle prefers to play..:-)

26 Jan, 2017

 

Hello Sandra .. nice blue sky, and icy cold..
Truffle keeps warm by playing toys !

26 Jan, 2017

 

Hi Tt, great blog {as usual}, I don't know how you think these things up, but carry on doing so, Derek.

26 Jan, 2017

 

Isn't it interesting the way birds, especially starlings and rooks, always face the same way. Must be something to do with the wind direction.

26 Jan, 2017

 

It was one of the coldest days of the winter here, mainly because of the icy wind blowing.

A very uplifting, cheery blog Terra.

26 Jan, 2017

 

Your blogs are always like a breath of fresh air or an uplifting breeze, TT!

How did you possibly get such a wonderful close up shot of the Starlings sooo high up on the top most branches of that tree? You obviously used a zoom lens but the picture is so very clear! If I did the same I'd only end up with a blurred shot not crystal clear like yours!

I love the way you make up these little dialogues for the creatures you photograph! Truffles will need to keep warm with such a short coat! I expect he's quite an active little dog so how you manage to get him to sit still while he has his photo taken is beyond me!

26 Jan, 2017

 

Quaint that's what starlings are!! we get our fair share in our garden, and they always make me smile, just like your blog's do TT.......so thanks for that, as I have said in the past keep em coming!!

26 Jan, 2017

 

The starlings in the USA were introduced by the American Acclimatization Society who were hell bent on ecological disaster by introducing every bird mentioned in the works of Shakespeare into the United States. Most of them were released in New York City's Central Park. A very enjoyable blog Terra.

27 Jan, 2017

 

Thanks Derek, Stera, Chris, Balcony, Dotty, and Loosestrife2 ...
Starlings are very photogenic ... I hadn't realised specific birds were released in Central Park.

27 Jan, 2017

 

We haven't seen a starling in the garden for a very long time. On Facebook someone in Dorset had posted a video of starling murmuration. It was really beautiful.

27 Jan, 2017

 

It's the RSPB bird watch this weekend TT. I'm entering my count for the first time ever...! I had no more than 3 starlings in my hour watch! But later this afternoon there were hoards in the garden and on the fence...! They managed to peck away all the container of meal worms...! Greedy little devils...! lol ;o)

27 Jan, 2017

 

Thank you for the Birdwatch reminder. The past two years I've done the count but neglected to send it in which is a bit daft. Must do better.

27 Jan, 2017

 

I haven't seen many starlings yet this year but last year 13 young'uns made short work of a fat block I'd put out.
I'd like to know how you got such a good clear pic of them so high up too, mine are useless!

28 Jan, 2017

 

Lovely blog Terra, its so good to see Truffle enjoying himself, the photo's are a treat and always with a caption that makes me smile...

28 Jan, 2017

 

They can be very noisy in a large group.

28 Jan, 2017

 

Great pictures & sense of humor

29 Jan, 2017

 

Eirlys, Linda ...
those starling murmurations are amazing, aren't they ...

Thanks Tracey, Stera, Greenfinger, Sue, and Bathgate ...
the starlings are very entertaining to watch, especially when they splash about in the bird baths.

29 Jan, 2017

 

Hello Truffles , you look awesome :-)

3 Mar, 2017

 

Hi Junna ... Truffle sends hugs !

3 Mar, 2017

 

Ok, Truffle , sending to many , hehehe!

9 Mar, 2017

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