Are these Star­lings?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

Q I took this picture about three years ago at Sum­burgh Head, Shet­land, in June. At the time I think I thought they were Star­lings, but look­ing now I can’t re­ally work out what they are. Can you help please? Toni Pic­colo

A It is of­ten said that we should never ig­nore first im­pres­sions, and this is a good ex­am­ple of that adage. These are in­deed Star­lings, ju­ve­niles in fact. We think that these birds are prob­a­bly mem­bers of the Shet­land ‘race’ of Star­ling, which ex­plains the darker coloura­tion of the birds.

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