Another juvenile starling just hit the kitchen window – they always flutter away, but it’s worth remembering that In the past one third of young starlings survived their first year of life, but this has now reduced to only 15 per cent. Birds that survive to breeding age can expect to live a further two or three years.
Long-term monitoring by the British Trust for Ornithology shows that starling numbers have fallen by 66 per cent in Britain since the mid-1970s. Because of this decline in numbers, the starling is red listed as a bird of high conservation concern. This often surprises people but, thankfully, there are still plenty around the village.


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