Monday, January 4, 2010
I happened to be on my way to my truck when these birds flew noisily over to this tree. The tree isn't really that close to where I was parked, but it was close enough for my zoom lense to almost discover their identity. I remember trying to get shots of birds in that tree without it, and it just didn't quite work.
Robins have a rusty colored red breast, so this is not them. The only problem is that robins were the only kind of bird I've seen around here in winter, until now. Yes, I've seen another type of bird, and they gather in big flocks, just like robins.
Even though they're difficult to see, I'm going to make an educated guess that these birds are in fact European starlings. Take a look here for a better picture of a starling. They are black with white speckles all over them. Examining these pictures closely, I think I can almost see those speckles.
Just as they weren't rid of that ghost, I wasn't rid of starlings. I saw a large flock of these birds on the ground and in the trees just outside of my living room window a few days ago. My camera was nowhere near, but the event confirmed in a loose way that my guess about these birds was correct.
There I go, I'm off!
(Take that any way you want too.)