When I first saw the European Starling, I thought it was a female Common Grackle. The two species were often seen together in the backyard, with the Starling being only slightly smaller. The iridescence of its feathers is not unlike that of the Common Grackle.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 100

Much of the Starling’s range is in North and Central America, with only a small portion along the southern edge of Canada; climate change is expected to result in significant habitat loss throughout Central America (European Starling, 2020).

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 388mm – f6.3 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 2000

The Starling is a ground feeder, looking for worms and other bugs throughout the backyard. Aside from early spring, this species has not been around recently. 

  Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/1600 Sec – ISO 2000

European Starling. (2020, April 30). Retrieved September 20, 2020, from https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/european-starling