In the last picture within the series posted above, you can see that the starling is looking around while clutching a blueberry in the beak. And this fact brings me to the Tuesday Truth I wanted to share today! In the aforementioned image, the starling is facing my kiwi vines where his/her young one is alighting on the vines' branches waiting to be fed, as evidenced in the following pictures.
I had seen young starlings with their beak wide open while they were alighting upon my 'Tamukeyama' AKA Japanese Maple (an image of this are posted below.)
I've also seen a young starling alighting upon my 'Contorta' (Contorted Hazelnut); waiting to be fed. The following four pictures are a play by play of the young one with open beak ultimately being fed by his/her parent.
I've written a long "back story" in my coming to the Tuesday Truth — which is in the title of this blog post (The Construction of Young Starlings's Beaks Help Their Parents) — that I'm about to share; but, if you love birds as much as I do, I'm sure you found the details interesting — at least I hope so!
My Tuesday Truth is this: "Many baby birds gape, opening their mouths as wide as they can. Bright colors or even spots inside the mouth tell the parents where to put the food. Young starlings have bright yellow inside their mouths, a very wide gape and a loud, persistent call..."
I hope that my images of the open beak of the young starling in the pictures featured within this post illustrate this phenomenon that I've come to call "Tuesday's Truth."