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this is what annoys me; a soon as a species becomes successful enough to cope with living in big cities, it gets a tag of pest. but the real pest is human kind flooding all the world with concrete and landfills.

however considering that starling is not native to the america, i may say it is a bit of a junk. but it wouldn't live there if not the 'help' of - again - stupid people.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks for the comment, Kat--couldnt agree more!

P Gerlat

I have to disagree with you on this one. I would urge you not to allow any starlings to nest on your property. (ie, undo any nests they may create.) both starlings and house sparrows are aggressive species that displace native songbirds (especially bluebirds, but also wrens and others). some of these native birds are endangered. Starlings will go so far as to kill other birds, destroying their nests, etc, in order to build their nests. it might not seem like a problem to have them nest in washington heights but consider how their offspring (and future generations ad infinitum) will spread beyond washington heights, out of the city, into the suburban and rural areas where birds like robins, wrens, bluebirds, martins, swallows, and others are competing for scarce nesting locations. for more information here is a link to an audubon society website. http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/housesparrow-starlinginfo.htm

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks for the comment, P. There are no nests on my property (which unfortunately is dominated by pigeons and sparrows), the starling was just passing through...I agree with the commenter who said that we need fewer people and less development so that native songbirds can thrive in more natural habitat!

P gerlat

Not to belabor the point, but many native birds would actually be able to live in the urban environment were it not for the aggressive behavior of starlings and house sparrows. here is another audubon society link on this point with suggestions for how to encourage native songbirds in urban settings. In the Northeast, Cardinals and Chimney Swifts seem to be possible options to consider. http://audubonathome.org/birdstohelp/speciesList.php?habitat=urban
As another website explains, Starlings are rather pernicious birds: "Male starlings are especially aggressive in their search for nest sites: They will peck holes in eggs laid by other birds, throw out their nesting material, and kill their young. Starlings will build nests on top of existing nests containing eggs, and can evict the larger wood duck from its nest boxes." Source: http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/starlings.htm

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