21 July 2008

Red-billed Starling

20/08/2008 新界西北 NW N.T.
















Did our birding duty on Sunday with the July Waterbird count. Early starts are good when it is hot in July ! On the scenic route back from Nim Wan, we found some fruiting Chinese Hackberry trees, full of Starlings.

Red-billed (the starling formerly known as "Silky") Starling were in noisy family parties.

Red-billed Starlings were -in past years- just winter visitors, but in the last couple of summers some have stayed to breed.

Blackbirds are breeding at Mai Po this year. Bizzarro ! I blame Climate Change.

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