Saturday, May 17, 2008

Fanning the flames

Summer weather! At long last! Yesterday was suddenly warm, bordering on too hot. (It takes me a while to acclimatize again.)

I was babysitting all day, after end-of-school-year events the night before. By the end of the day, I was too tired to blog until today.

Standing on the back porch of my son's house, I saw, on a roof a block away, this starling. He was waving his wings rapidly, as if flying against the wind, but anchored in one spot. He sang loudly all the while. I watched for a couple of minutes, not wanting to miss the show. He kept it up, though, so I went inside for my camera.

Fanning his wings a bit more slowly now. Still in full song.

A brief flight, still singing.

Back on the roof, calling, calling.

I saw no interested female. I hope he found one, though.


  1. Those are very entertaining pictures.

    Just now there was a starling on my neighbour's roof, not fanning or flying, but singing up a storm. His repertoire included red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, flicker, red-winged blackbird, and car alarm (the rising tone part). Then he finished off with a bang-on "Bones" McCoy.

    (Most of that was true.)

  2. I tend to doubt the "Bones" McCoy bit. :)

    I couldn't distinguish what my starling was singing, over the background noises.


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