Saw two starlings rolling about on the lawn this morning, it looked like they were trying to kill each other at first, but now I am wondering if they were trying to mate ! One of them had it's claws wrapped around the other starlings legs and they were flapping about all over the place, I have never seen anything like it. But eventually they both flew up onto our roof and sat there side by side for a few minutes before one flew off and the other one hopped into a space under one of the roof tiles.. We had starlings nesting in the same place last year and was wondering if it could be the same ones. Is it too early for them to be mating ? or was it was a fight over the nesting site, either way it was very aggressive behaviour !
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I haven't got a clue but the starlings I get fight for supremacy all the time. Someone will be able to sex them with the colour of the beak. To me they look like females but I am normally way off on Id's.
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Thanks for your reply Lolly , I didn't think about them being two females, you could be right and they were fighting over who gets to nest in our roof ! I will look out tomorrow to see what develops.
Lol they are probably 2 boys, someone will tell you tomorrow! Gosh starlings are such yobs and bullies.
I think Lolly was right first time. They both look like females to me with pinkish bases to their beaks. Males are blue. That is a brilliant photo though - very well captured.
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Thanks Linda, you would think females would be better behaved wouldn't you :) I was lucky to get a photo at all ! it all happened so quick. Will keep my camera ready tomorrow in case it happens again.