Noisy and sociable they're a common sight in our gardens. And what with the huge flocks seen in some parts at this time of year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that starlings are doing rather well.
This however masks the truth that the UK population has halved since 1995. Released today, the annual 'State of the UK's Birds' reveals the fortunes of our birds, both in the UK and its overseas territories.
So here's a picture of some starlings in the snow. Despite the loss of half the population, you can help. One of the reasons for decline is lack of nest sites, so helping can be as simple as putting up a starling nest box.
This is one of thousands of wonderful nature images from RSPB images. Take a look and find one that makes you smile this Monday.
Waking up to the drab grey of fog doesn't immediately fill you with enthusiasm for the coming day, but this shot of a black-headed gull silhouetted against the sun shows how beautiful even this weather can be!
With a week that promises more cold and fog perhaps this will inspire the budding photographers among you to go out in search of other stunning photo ops.
Or you can look through some more of ours!
This one is the work of Nigel Blake. I reckon a print of this photo would make a darn good Christmas present so if you're still shopping why not look through www.rspb-images.com and get inspired?
When thinking up today's Monday Moment, I discounted foxes, kangaroos and kiwis on account of various dismal sporting results over the weekend. So, if like me you need a little pick me up, how about a picture of a cheeky weasel poking his head up through some autumnal leaves?
UK weasels are the smallest of the weasel (or mustelid) family - it also includes badgers, stoats and otters. Don't be confused with weasels and stoats - stoats are bigger and have a black tip on the tail. Weasels might be small, but they certainly pack a punch! They'll happily take on a rabbit, despite these being 5-10 times the size of our feisty weasel. If only the sporting teams I follow fought as hard as this little guy!
Danny Green took this image - it's one of thousands on RSPB Images. The perfect place to forget about your troubles and remember how amazing nature is.