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2 Rose-coloured Starling in the garden!

16th June 2022

With maybe up to 3 Rose-coloured Starling knocking around on Scilly at the moment, I was expecting to get one in the garden but not two together!!

Yesterday afternoon, I had the Red Kite, that turned up in the morning, south low over the garden. Today, before 16.00, I peered out of the bathroom window and there feeding with the doves, Blackbirds, Starlings and sparrows was a Rose-coloured Starling! With 3 or 4 being present on Scilly in the last few days it wasn’t all of a shock to see it there showing superbly at close range before flying out and landing in the east pine belt. There I left it as I had to return to work. For the next two hours it was observed by others spending most of it’s time out of sight in the long grass field bordering the garden. Just before 18.00, I took a break from cooking and had a look to see if it had returned to the garden to see not one but two stunners!! I alerted others that had not connected with any of the Pink stinkers yet and with in seconds, Scott, followed shortly after by Robin, were both getting some cracking views of both birds bathing in the pig waterhole in front of the bedroom window. Shortly after, Scott and Robin moved on and for the next two hours, one of the Rose-coloured Starling favoured the garden. While the other individual, that I could view from my window, fell asleep in the pine belt. At 21.00, they were both together side by side in the pines roosting and they were still on view asleep as the light was fading.

The obvious difference to separate the 2 Rose-coloured Starling front on, adult female (top image) and the lower individual, 1st summer female. The latter has pollen on it’s forehead from feeding on New Zealand Flax. Probably in the castle garden.

After having three different Rose-coloured Starling in the garden over the period of June last year, it came as no surprise when one turned up in garden this afternoon but I wasn’t expecting it to be joined by another one later on!! Probably the same two that were observed in flight together on St Martins three days ago.

While observing the Rose-coloured Starlings from the window, a lot of other species were also visiting the pigs waterhole including, House Martin and swallow still collecting mud from the edge

Also a single Chiffchaff


Linnet are regular visitors

I’ve got up to 5 juvenile Blackbird that seem to spend all their time in the area

Both Rose-coloured Starling ended up roosting in the pine belt where I could observe them from my window where this image was taken from. The top Roes-coloured starling was the only starling in the garden as the light was fading before it flew into the pine belt to roost with the other individual that had been asleep for the last hour. Here I could observe them from my window where this image was taken from.

The Little Bittern, that turned up at the beginning of June at Porth Hellick, was last seen on the 13th

Over a week ago the first young Reed Warbler were already out of their nests with two birds together at Porth Hellick

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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