Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Species
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Summer plumage. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on May 2nd 2009.
Summer plumage. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on May 2nd 2009.
(1/125th sec at f9. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Winter plumage. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on February 5th 2012.
Winter plumage. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on February 5th 2012.
(1/200th sec at f5.6. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Juvenile. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on May 25th 2018.
Juvenile. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on May 25th 2018.
(1/125th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 19 - 22cm

Starlings have short tails, pointed heads and triangular wings. From a distance they appear black, but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.

Thyey are found throughout the British Isles, but are only summer visitors in the north of Scotland. Large numbers of continental birds spend the winter in Britain.

They are familiar breeders in farmland and suburban areas, and also in woodland.

Starlings are noisy and gregarious, and spend much of the year in flocks. Huge pre-roosting flocks called murmurations can occur over reedbeds, plantations and city centres in winter.

The Starling is a Red list species because of declines in farmland populations. There are about 800000 breeding territories in the UK.

Sightings

13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
24-Jun-2018 : Ravenglass, Cumbria
25-May-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (100+)
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks
10-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (6+)

10-Dec-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (75000+)
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (90000+)
14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
01-Jan-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)

31-Dec-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (1)
18-Jun-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (12+)
18-Jun-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (6+)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
31-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
01-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (c75000)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
09-Aug-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
02-Jul-2015 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon
08-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
01-Jan-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (8+)

29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Nov-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
08-Mar-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon
01-Feb-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (8)
25-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (8)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5000+)
18-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (10+)
11-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (6+)
04-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
02-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (4+)