Fall/Winter Starling Migration

If you live in an area where starling migrations are popular, the quote “Ugh, the starlings are back.” is probably heard alot. Well, sorry to say it, but the starlings are back and in staggering numbers!

In previous years, European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) seasonal migration flocks had decreased in number, from almost  1000 birds per flock to about 100 birds per flock.  Lately though, Numbers have soared  to almost 500 birds per flock again!  Enough to give you the weebie-jeebies  when that large black cloud approaches , emitting a strange noise.

There once was another species of bird that covered the sky in a dark mass. That was the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) which went extinct in the late 19th century. Their extinction is due to anthropogenic extinction (extincton caused by humans). Since no one really likes to eat European Starlings, I doubt the starlings will go down the same path as the Passenger Pigeons.