On Sunday, March 16th 2014, the day before a number of folks were due to celebrate the Saint Patrick's Day holiday, I realized another holiday was taking place. The holiday I am referring to is the 124th anniversary of the arrival of the bird type known as Sturnus vulgaris (European starlings) in New York City, the city where I live and have an urban garden that this bird type is now visiting. It appears they truly enjoy noshing here as evidenced by the photos above.
I did find it interesting to learn about the circumstances surrounding the anniversary of the their arrival in Manhattan and I posted the information on hometalk in honor of their day, March 16th 1890. And here's a "copy" of what I wrote:
Today is a very special holiday for European starlings, and a number of them (far more than the ones pictured here), are (they think) quoting Shakespeare, by squawking "Mortimer! Mortimer! Mortimer! Mortimer! Wherefore art thou, Mortimer?"
The following day, Saint Patrick's Day, on TLLG's FB Page, I made note of the fact that starlings had green coloring in their feathers. After all, it seemed apropos, on a holiday when some folks wear green to honor the Saint Patrick's holiday, to make mention of birds that have green coloring in their feathers. And, once again, whether I care for starlings or not, is hardly the point, for, I did find it interesting to see green in their feathers on Saint Patrick's Day.
I could never have anticipated an email that I got from a stranger who was outraged at me, and stated, "there is no room in the gardening world for people who love starlings."
Now, I must confess, that just as some of my visiting birds have been intimidated by the presence of starlings in my garden, I am a bit intimidated in posting within my own cyber-venues! However, I must also confess that I'm often entertained by the antics of the European starlings when they spend time in my garden. Below are a few more photographs of them doing this.