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Another cold day –so what else is new this winter?– and we got a visit from at least half a dozen starlings. They suddenly appeared and mobbed the bird feeder, sending the other birds fleeing, except for our female Red-bellied Woodpecker which usually yields to no one.

Starling checking out bird feeder.

Starling checking out bird feeder.

Starling on bird feeder hanging pole.

Starling on bird feeder hanging pole.

Starlings, one landing, the other keeping watch.

Starlings, one landing, the other keeping watch.

Starlings are larger than our usual guests. When more than two of them perched on the bird feeder, their combined weight closed the feeding holes. They still tried to get at the seeds, but eventually most gave up and left. Only one remained to keep company with our Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker and Starling.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker and Starling.

The last one eventually left. Total time these Starlings stuck around: 2 minutes.

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