Sunday, May 17, 2009

Awright Starlin'

Starlings

Two Starlings caught in the same mist-net.

The female (right) has a nice story: she was rescued from an attack by another female Starling back in February. She got a bad pecking, but recovered and was ringed and released.

Today we retrapped her with a male Starling. She has a 'brood patch' (a patch of featherless skin for incubating) so obviously has gone on to breed.

You can tell male and female Starlings apart by looking at the base of the beak: blue for boys and pink for girls

photos taken with Canon Powershot A640