Feeding time

It’s important to time having your chicks at the time of maximum food abundance. The Starlings of Westray seem to have mastered this, with thousands of Cranefly larvae being caught and consumed daily by chicks in crevices all over the Island.

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

The roof of Rapness Mill is now largely missing, and provides far less cover for the Starlings which roost in the caves and buildings along the coast here, but it still provides a few nesting opportunities.

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

Soggy Starlings, with their iridescent summer plumage, really are the most gorgeous characters. I wish them well in raising their noisy family.

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