June 7th   Leave a comment

I spent much of the day at Kilminning, moving rocks about to restrict vehicle access just to the car park, and then putting up a noticeboard to explain what we are doing. All journeys start with a single step, and the journey of rewilding Kilminning will be a long one, but good to start. Throughout the day the background noise was juvenile starlings following their parents and making their post-fledging begging call. It’s hard to describe. Best to find a starling at this time of year and listen – an adult will be with its juveniles, and the fledglings will be calling constantly. It is a sound of the summer – marking the end of the spring. The juvenile starlings will be fed by their parents for another week or two and then will join up in single age flocks and move down to the shore to feed on the seaweed maggots for the rest of the summer.

Juvenile starlings at Kilminning waiting to be fed as their parents forage in the bean field below. The parents can recognise their own young – it must be via call.

Posted June 7, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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