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Starlings - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Star Starling

When a Starling flies by I always take notice. They are spectacular birds, either on their own or in flocks of thousands …

Starlings - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Neighbours

Not everyone can get on. Conflict is inevitable. When we are all packed in too close to one another then tempers are …

Starlings - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Patterns

The Starlings at Einar make incredible abstract patterns on the wires.

Starling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Starlings

There’s a young Starling, with a fluffy brown head, trying to negotiate the wind on Westray. It’s heading for my chimney pot. …

Starling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Rainbow Stormbird

Starlings need a brand refresh. I’m surprised they haven’t engaged a top London marketing firm to challenge public perceptions of them. Their …

RSPB Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Somersettee

We’ve had a trip to Somerset. We left sunny Devon on the only sunny day forecast this week and arrived to thick …

Birds at the Peedie Sea - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Knots landing at the Peedie Sea

I’m wandering the shore at Kirkwall Harbour for an hour before the ferry takes me to Westray. I’m loving the complex singing …

Starling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sturnus vulgaris

Sturnus vulgaris is the scientific name of the Common Starling. Its literal meaning is ‘Starling Common’. They are certainly common in my …

Guano - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

More guano than Peru

Fortunes were built on the stuff. Entire estates and magnificent country houses like Tyntesfield near Bristol were funded by it. People are …

Pecking order

Pecking order

My first evening here and I’m desperate to get out and about on my bike. Starlings flutter and shuffle their elaborate pecking …