2004 Nest Box Cam
European Starling

Each spring, starlings continue to try to nest in many cavities in our front yard sycamores. Most of these cavities face upward - the result of rot where former owners had beheaded the trees. Only starlings show interest in using these locations. However, the most coveted spot is a recently excavated flicker hole. A roof and camera housing were fitted on this cavity when the upper part of the limb crumbled away this winter. Flickers have never used the site, they just excavated it for the starlings - an all too common occurrence. Video was taped for several days before the nesting was terminated.

The following still photos are taken from a single frame of video from the vhs tapes. This process results in a substantial loss of quality compared to the original camera image and vhs tape.

Starling nestlings in the flicker cavity

Adult feeding young.

The starling nest in a flicker hole


2010 - 2014 Northern flicker nestings
2014 house wren gourd use
2014 - A dramatic loss of many types of insects
barn swallow artificial nest cups
2014 barn owl nesting - prey study
A new barn swallow shelter for 2013
2010 barn owl nesting
2010 Update
Entire site index (outdated)
Starling traps
Using blinds in the home habitat
Providing perches for birds
Providing snags for wildlife
The ugly young maple
2001 - 2013 nest cams
Use of tomato cages as hunting perches by insectivorous song birds
Vultures, beetles and the resurrection of life

Species of interest in our yard - photos and articles
barn owl American kestrel purple martin barn swallow Eastern bluebird
tufted titmouse Eastern phoebe yellow shafted flicker tree swallow chimney swift
house wren big brown bat Carolina wren brown thrasher catbird
cedar waxwing Northern mockingbird
Yellow warbler Acadian flycatcher

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