Starlings

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The Starling looks black at a distance but when seen closer it is very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. It has a short tail, pointed head and triangular wings, its flight is fast and direct and it walks and runs confidently on the ground.

The Starling can be found all year round and is conspicuous and widespread in the UK, occurring everywhere except for the highest parts of the Scottish Highlands. It is most abundant in southern England but it is more thinly distributed in upland areas with moorland. Large numbers arrive in the UK in autumn to spend the winter here.

The Starling is still one of the UK's commonest garden birds but its decline elsewhere makes it a Red List species.

Date: 2nd January 2017

Location: Ham Wall RSPB reserve, Somerset

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