Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mistaken Identity

I didn't make it to the festival I planned to attend today. Hubs had to work and I didn't think it would be much fun walking around by myself, so I went on a ramble through the countryside instead. I looked for fences, rubbish, birds, and other critters. I found some interesting stuff, but only 2 birds.

I was driving slowly down a country road when I saw what looked like an unusual bird sitting on a wire. I zoomed in, but still couldn't tell what kind it was.

I will say I couldn't wait to get home and upload all my pictures so I could drag out my bird book and find out what he was.
 Sadly, I didn't need to drag out the bird book. Upon closer inspection, it was quite obvious this was a by no means rare bird. Just another European Starling.
 Guess I hadn't seen one from this angle before. I see them all the time out by the feeders, where I'm looking down on them.

Linking to  Saturday's Critters & the Bird D'pot

22 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i still think they're handsome birds. :)

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful, when the light hits them just right. Awesome shots. Have a happy weekend!

Felicia said...

good looking fellow though.

Brian King said...

As much as I usually despise them, their summer outfits are rather sharp!

Dicky Bird said...

My husband is with Brian King - he despises them too, I know they do some nasty things...but, that one sure looks pretty.

Karen said...

Not rare, but a stunning looking bird. I have tons of them in my yard. Your photos are gorgeous!

Linda said...

Nice pictures. They look good in the sunshine.

Stephanie said...

Nice looking bird!

Marie said...

Really great photos of the starling!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

I also think they're very handsome birds. Have a great Sunday.

Ela said...

Really amazing photos !

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I love their iridescence! And believe me, I've often thought I had a 'new' bird also, and get the pictures off the SD card from the camera only to find out it's one I've seen before but such an angle that it looked 'different'.

Thanks for linking up this weekend.

Hootin' Anni
and
Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, just stopping by to say thanks for linking up with my critter party. Have a happy day!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The bird may not be rare but is nonetheless beautiful. Nicely done!

Linda said...

Beautiful!

Ginny said...

It's not "just another" starling to me! You have captured his rainbow reflective colors wonderfully! And the all fluffed up one, is he a baby?

Betsy Brock said...

Most people consider them too common, but I still love starlings. Yours is missing his stars on his breast! I've come from Anni's...so great to meet you!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I do like how the light accents the purple/green on its throat. You got some great detail on its feet, too.

~Lindy

Gail Dixon said...

He's still a pretty bird! You zoomed in pretty close to this colorful fella.

Rose said...

I get tired of them cause they can empty a feeder in no time, but when you really look at them, they are pretty too.

orchid Miyako said...

Hi, Roan; So sorry for my belated comment. Great photographs of BEAUTIFUL Starling♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

sumowkowespotkania.com said...

szpak (in Polish) is a beautiful bird, especially when he gets hit by sunrays- you can see all colors. cheers