This observation began with three juvenile European Starlings peeking out of their birdhouse. The young starlings were eagerly anticipating their mother’s return because her return meant it was dinnertime!

The adult starling would approach the birdhouse cautiously, usually landing nearby first, to check that their was no danger. The excitement of the young birds rose steadily as the mother bird worked her way closer to the nest.

It would become quite raucous when the when the adult starling delivered a meal. Each delivery usually consisted of just one insect, and the juveniles would jockey for access. Only one chick can be fed per visit.

On one stop, the adult bird actually entered the birdhouse briefly, presumably to remove waste materials (fecal sacs) from the nest.

DateApr 25, 2012
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
HabitatResidential-Single Family
Type of BehaviorCare of Young
ObserverChris Jackson

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