Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: unfortunate starlings

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Reedville, OR
    Posts
    11,415

    Default unfortunate starlings

    lifted a piece of ridge cap off the shop today, startled by four mummified starlings, stacked tight together, beaks gaping.

    BCAEA92C-7293-4E3C-AF68-4AB457D8D71A.jpg

    life is...cheap.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    56,382

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Not my fave bird, but still sad to see.
    David G
    Harbor Woodworks
    https://www.facebook.com/HarborWoodworks/

    "It was a Sunday morning and Goddard gave thanks that there were still places where one could worship in temples not made by human hands." -- L. F. Herreshoff (The Compleat Cruiser)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Central Coast, Ca
    Posts
    23,959

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    So why did that happen?
    Were they going after food some rodent had stashed in there? Or did it look like an opening into a home for them? Weird

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Reedville, OR
    Posts
    11,415

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    bird sized gap in the ridge planks about 30' away. i would reckon one bird went in there, walked down the tunnel under the ridge until it got stuck, called for help, and one by one they went in to investigate.

    or maybe all four went in together, and only the last bird in line was incapable of backing up, and trapped the other three.

    wouldn't wish that end on any living creature.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    northern Georgia, or Mississippi Delta USA
    Posts
    17,975

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Cavity nesters, probably looking for a nest site and got trapped.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Indian Land, SC, USA
    Posts
    1,548

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    A similar situation happened at my old farmhouse, one of them entered the exhaust stack of my gas water heater - smoke started coming from the basement, and the fire department discovered the remains of a very well-cooked bird.



    Rick

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Port Townsend WA
    Posts
    12,800

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    We once stayed in a mountain cabin that belonged to my wife's relatives. It had a wood burning cook stove. Starlings found their way down the stack and we found hundreds stuffed down the stack and into the burn box. When we first tried to fire it up after being away for a while the smoke almost caused a call to the fire Dept by the neighbors. Took us several hours to clean them out. All were mummified.
    Jay

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Gulgong. Central west N.S.W. Australia
    Posts
    2,160

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    My guess would be an extreme of temperature. Either way- hot or cold- they would have no protection under a piece of tin like that. There are thousands of them around here at the moment. I don't like them at all. When the young ones start flying in spring the hawks have more food than they know what to do with, and for young hawks a young starling is the perfect training tool. JayInOz

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    Posts
    38,347

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Here I'd hoped this thread was about sad but cute actresses.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    N. Fal on Cape Cod
    Posts
    16,343

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Invasive aliens. Should never have been brought to this continent.
    A society predicated on the assumption that everyone in it should want to get rich is not well situated to become either ethical or imaginative.

    Photographer of sailing and sailboats
    And other things, too.
    http://www.landsedgephoto.com

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    22,252

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Imagine the natives more organized, territorial, effective in repelling the invaders- how might this continent look today?
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Indian Land, SC, USA
    Posts
    1,548

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Jim, I have found that bulk food (horse feed, dog food, bird seed) is best stored in something like a galvanized metal trash can or 'decommisioned' chest freezer - I get one or two expired rodents a year in my garage - they sneak in under the door via my driveway's slab edge tooling.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Central Coast, Ca
    Posts
    23,959

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    Heh. They were brought here by invasive aliens.
    Just another reason to ban all immigration, except fashion models.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    Posts
    38,347

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Just another reason to ban all immigration, except fashion models.
    And cats. More invasive immigrant housecats could take care of those starlings.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    22,252

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Yeah- but then, you have cats. And unfettered- lots and lots of cats.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Bay of Islands,N.Z.
    Posts
    25,672

    Default Re: unfortunate starlings

    Don't mind starlings ,but mynas....
    Ruthless stinking killers they are. I've been googling myna traps. They work the same way as that unintended one works.. get one and the flock follows.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •