Mr. Starling Looking at The Nestbox

This starling and his mate have been looking at the nestbox for a while. Maybe they will have a nest in there this year.

Checkling out the nestbox

A pair of starlings was looking at the nestbox. Hoping someone claims it soon!

Something strange for the nest

I have been watching Mr. and Mrs. Starling collect stuff dor their nest, sometimes they get something really weird!

Mr. and Mrs. Starling collecting nesting materials

Starlings checking out the nestbox

Today a male starling was looking at the nestbox, he inspected the whole thing and looked inside. He called over the female who didn’t look pleased with it. (She didn’t even look inside) There is a wasp inside. We tried blasting it out with the hose yesterday, it left, and now it’s back. I heard that vaseline can help. Is this true and how do I prevent the wasp from coming back?

The starlings are here!!!

Unlike most people, I love starlings! They are colorful and fun to watch. It’s exciting to have them visit. It’s sad that people don’t like birds like European Starlings, House sparrows, Rock Pigeons, Muscovy Ducks, Canada Geese, seagulls, Cowbirds, and other birds and they feel the need to kill, trap, poison, chase, and destroy their nest, eggs and young. 😭😢

Starling nest

If ya can’t beat em, work with them. Which is why we give our starling pair a larger nest box in our shop they can nest in, so we don’t have issues whith taking over swallow nests on our property. Luckily our pair isn’t very confrontational unless it’s with predators (wich is quite usefull!)

“Invasion of the Starling Fledglings”

This spring we had about 12 Starling fledglings (pretty sure from more than one brood). They made a lot of noise and the parents were constantly busy.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology