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(Lancashire Evening Post)   Fears rise as the once common Starling disappears from Britain's gardens   (lep.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-03-31 10:46:23 AM  
Are the lambs still crying?
 
2013-03-31 10:47:52 AM  
Goodbye, Clarice.
 
2013-03-31 11:05:32 AM  
Fly. Fly. Fly.
 
2013-03-31 11:06:01 AM  
Starlings are a UK red listed species, meaning they are of the highest conservation concern, last year they hit an all-time low in the Birdwatch and have fallene again.

Now, I know Brits and Canadians like to throw in extraneous vowels here and there, but this is ridiculous
 
2013-03-31 11:36:30 AM  
Wasn't Fallene the name of the character of the hot vampire in the Underworld they couldn't get Kate Bekinsale?
or was that Bambi's girlfriend?
 
2013-03-31 11:37:48 AM  
On topic, the can take a few dozen from around here if they like, we got lots, and Crackles.
 
2013-03-31 12:14:23 PM  

sno man: On topic, the can take a few dozen from around here if they like, we got lots, and Crackles.


No joke, they are just weeds in the bird world here and I have several they can take from my yard.

And, there was a massive flock of "crackles" that flew over the other day, I bet it was a good ten minutes or longer before it had ended.  Several landed in the tall cottonwoods and sycamores along the creek at the back of my house, cleaned up any old bird food on the ground and on the feeders.  Loud and obnoxious, thank god they left after that.
 
2013-03-31 12:23:41 PM  
Sung to a pleasant tune. 'global warming'
 
2013-03-31 01:23:14 PM  
thumbbandits.com
Found the Starling.
 
2013-03-31 01:25:08 PM  

sno man: On topic, the can take a few dozen from around here if they like, we got lots, and Crackles.


There's a shiatload in my yard, right now. They're more than welcome to them.

I think it's grackle.
 
2013-03-31 01:28:41 PM  

wellreadneck: sno man: On topic, the can take a few dozen from around here if they like, we got lots, and Crackles.

There's a shiatload in my yard, right now. They're more than welcome to them.

I think it's grackle.


Not when you step on them.
 
2013-03-31 01:30:09 PM  
There are a few million of them here in Kansas they are welcome to have back.

Please.
 
2013-03-31 01:30:27 PM  

wellreadneck: I think it's grackle.


Yeah, the way I remember which birds they are is that they're the birds that look and sound like they'd be called "grackle."

www.planetofbirds.com
 
2013-03-31 01:30:59 PM  
I farking hate Starlings. They build nests in my dryer vent and shiat everywhere. They also take habitat from our native birds. If I didn't live in the middle of the city, I'd spend the day thinning their numbers with my 12 gauge.
 
2013-03-31 01:32:13 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
"What's all this talk about a startling numbers decline?"
 
2013-03-31 01:32:45 PM  
As for the decline in house sparrows in the UK, perhaps they can trap a few thousand in locations where they have been introduced (North America, eastern Australia) and ship them back to Mother England.

We have about a dozen nesting pairs in our neighborhood, living in the palm trees, cactus and openings under roof tiles.  They are a major pest.  Europe is welcome to have them back.
 
2013-03-31 01:34:45 PM  

Whatthefark: I farking hate Starlings. They build nests in my dryer vent and shiat everywhere. They also take habitat from our native birds. If I didn't live in the middle of the city, I'd spend the day thinning their numbers with my 12 gauge.


Me too. I had to cut the top off of a cedar tree beside our house. Every damn year starlings would come back, nest in that tree, and sh*t in the pool or on my car. Nothing I did would scare them away. Last resort, I cut the last 3 fee off the top of the tree where they nested. And if using a shotgun within our city limits was legal, I'd join you on ending the plague of these flying vermin.
 
2013-03-31 01:34:49 PM  
lol, yea Grackles. There are two on one of the feeders here right now. There single charm is the iridescent heads, but that is best seen when it's sunny, today is not sunny...
 
2013-03-31 01:35:33 PM  

Molavian: wellreadneck: sno man: On topic, the can take a few dozen from around here if they like, we got lots, and Crackles.

There's a shiatload in my yard, right now. They're more than welcome to them.

I think it's grackle.

Not when you step on them.


Odds are the cat has left one on the doormat. I'll check and see.
 
2013-03-31 01:37:05 PM  
FWIW   Starlings are one of the few species that are fair game anytime here in the US. Along with their cousins the English sparrow.
 
2013-03-31 01:39:38 PM  
Good. fark starlings
 
2013-03-31 01:39:49 PM  
They might have disappeared from Britain but they've reappeared in my backyard.
Must have been a 1000 of them last week.
 
2013-03-31 01:42:23 PM  
No love for Grackles? In our area, we look on them as a sign of Spring. Huge flocks of red-winged blackbirds, grackles and starlings come through at this time of year, clean out the bird feeders and continue North.
Lovely sight.
We might feel differently if they stayed around, though.
 
2013-03-31 01:44:33 PM  
<p><b><a target="_blank" href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7675241/83341047#c83341047">Whatthe fark</a>:</b> <i>I farking hate Starlings. They build nests in my dryer vent and shiat everywhere. They also take habitat from our native birds. If I didn't live in the middle of the city, I'd spend the day thinning their numbers with my 12 gauge.</i><br /><br /> </p>

My dad loves birds. Loves, loves, loves them.

Except starlings. He hates them with a passion. He throws rocks at them and if he could, he would shoot them with giant guns like they did the passenger pigeons.
 
2013-03-31 01:48:06 PM  
Really? I thought that starlings were in the gardens and rats were nowhere at all.
 
2013-03-31 01:53:40 PM  

Teknowaffle: <p><b><a target="_blank" href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7675241/83341047#c83341047">.

Except starlings. He hates them with a passion. He throws rocks at them and if he could, he would shoot them with giant guns like they did the passenger pigeons.


Same here. I sometimes see grackles and redwing blackbirds around the feeder at the same time. Not so with the blackbirds and the starlings. They must despise starlings, too.
 
2013-03-31 01:58:48 PM  
 
2013-03-31 02:02:02 PM  
www.dispatch.com
 
2013-03-31 02:02:30 PM  
They can take a few million of the ones that break tree limbs with their weight in the fly over states.
 
2013-03-31 02:03:41 PM  
Take some of ours. Hell, take all of them. Starlings are an invasive pest in North America
 
2013-03-31 02:12:12 PM  
No joke, take all the starlings you want, Britain.  Take those farking sparrows, too.  I'm going to kill the rest.
 
2013-03-31 02:12:57 PM  
Thank God there's still plenty of these:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-31 02:17:57 PM  

indarwinsshadow: Me too. I had to cut the top off of a cedar tree beside our house. Every damn year starlings would come back, nest in that tree, and sh*t in the pool or on my car. Nothing I did would scare them away. Last resort, I cut the last 3 fee off the top of the tree where they nested. And if using a shotgun within our city limits was legal, I'd join you on ending the plague of these flying vermin.



What about feeding them alka seltzer, does that really work? Is it legal to use bird lime?
 
2013-03-31 02:25:41 PM  
If starlings are those hideous birds that swarm our area, poop on everything, chase off the bluebirds, and devastate the natural feeding areas, Britain is welcome to come to my yard and take as many as they want.  And the Canada goose.  They can have those, too.
 
2013-03-31 02:33:29 PM  
Yes, add me to the Fark you Starlings crowd. The are an invasive species that is causing all kinds of problems.

The funny thing, the only reason we have a problem with them turns out to be Shakespeare fault:

Link to story about it
 
2013-03-31 02:39:32 PM  
Ive been eating them with fava beans and a nice cianti
 
2013-03-31 02:44:05 PM  
I think that in the US we would be very happy to sell them back as many of the blasted vermin as they want!
 
2013-03-31 02:50:38 PM  
Did anyone check the white room with black curtains at the station?


tired starlings
 
2013-03-31 02:59:37 PM  
Dedicated starling hunters here

Try hitting them with a punt gun
 
2013-03-31 03:04:53 PM  
They can have mine too. They are nothing but shiat makers.
 
2013-03-31 03:16:32 PM  
I feed sparrows so I'm getting a kick out of all the above.
 
2013-03-31 03:42:41 PM  

cherryl taggart: If starlings are those hideous birds that swarm our area, poop on everything, chase off the bluebirds, and devastate the natural feeding areas, Britain is welcome to come to my yard and take as many as they want.  And the Canada goose.  They can have those, too.


We've already got plenty of Canada geese, thank you. Last year a cull was organised for Windermere, only to be abandoned two weeks later after a petition gathered a couple of thousand signatures against it (unfortunately, so far as the welfare of reasonably photogenic animals is concerned, the British are mad). But, yes, I'm sure we'd be happy to take the starlings off your hands - always provided, obviously, that you promise to take back those damn grey squirrels.
 
2013-03-31 03:51:34 PM  

AntiQ: There are a few million of them here in Kansas they are welcome to have back.

Please.


Oregon too.

/ Sturnus vulgaris ; what an appropriate name for this species...
 
2013-03-31 03:55:03 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

RIP
Darling
 
2013-03-31 04:11:10 PM  
That's because they are all here.  Farking invasive species that are taking over the nests of endangered species.  You can blame Shakespeare if you want.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=call-of-the-reviled
 
2013-03-31 04:13:03 PM  

The_Philosopher_King: Yes, add me to the Fark you Starlings crowd. The are an invasive species that is causing all kinds of problems.

The funny thing, the only reason we have a problem with them turns out to be Shakespeare fault:

Link to story about it


Ah, I missed this.
 
2013-03-31 04:19:24 PM  
Dear RSBP:

It is my understanding that the European starling has become sufficiently rare that it's on the Red List and thus considered an endangered species, as are house sparrows.

I am happy to inform you that in the former Colonies, we have such a surfeit of house sparrows and European starlings (thanks to the misguided efforts of an admirer of the Bard's works) that not only are they legally considered vermin but in parts of the Midwestern states actually constitute a frank health risk (primarily due to histoplasmosis transmitted via bird guano from flocks that do their very best in size to replicate those of the extirpated passenger pigeon) and have caused harm to our native sparrows and other small birds (in much the same way that the American grey squirrel has caused serious issues with the native fox squirrel population).

We will be very happy to arrange a trade of breeding stocks of European starlings and house sparrows in exchange for gray squirrels.  By the time the American stocks are sent, you should have no further worries about the extinction of your native songbirds, and our native songbirds will hopefully have a chance of recovery.

Thank you in advance,
-GPD

PS: The very next time someone makes the clever suggestion to "bring over every bird Shakespeare has mentioned in his works", please arrange for Her Majesty to hit said person forcefully in the naughty bits with the Royal Spanner used on the Royal Vehicles until such silly fantasies are thoroughly cleansed along with their reproductive capacity.  Thank you.
 
2013-03-31 04:25:12 PM  
Another reason to hate them: The farking TALK. And not in an amusing way like a parrot. No, they talk like an evil, possessed doll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VZYG00_qvE
 
2013-03-31 04:38:04 PM  
they can have all of ours. farkin flying rats!
 
2013-03-31 04:56:54 PM  
Meanwhile in Florida the mosquito count being down by an unprecedented 18% this year is leading to widespread alarm among insect enthusiasts...
 
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