There's a certain lovely joy to watching them grow up. They start off completely awkward, being fed by the parents, looking as confused as Matt Hancock fielding a technical question in a press conference, but then get their confidence and start appearing in little youth gangs.
Londoners: is there still a big flock at Kensington Gardens? I used to hand feed them for ages. Probably in a hundred tourists' photos entitled "look at this mad tall bastard"
Starlings are red listed by the RSPCA. Their numbers have fallen by two thirds in recent decades. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/starling/population-trends-conservation/
Starling Population Trends and Conservation - The RSPB
The starling population has declined across much of the UK. This decline started during the early 1980s and has continued ever since. Find out morehttps://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/starling/population-trends-conservation/
Almost every starling's favourite footballer is Fulham-era Geoff Horsfield.
Starlings often have a second brood so I'll be repeating this thread in July