When and where to see them: Starlings are here all year but our local populations are boosted in winter by birds escaping the harsh winter further east in Europe. They form flocks in rural and urban areas which often descend on garden feeders in large numbers, much to the dismay of other birds.
Starling chatter appears aimless and discordant, but they change their call to suit their environment. They often copy electronic sounds which are common to our ear, like ringing phones and car alarms.
Have you ever seen a murmuration of starlings? That’s the name given to their magnificent displays of swooping, twisting and turning together in flocks of hundreds at a time. This happens particularly at dawn and dusk as they assert their dominance of the skies.