A few weeks ago I noticed a number of European starlings (Passeriformes: Sturnidae: Sturnus vulgaris) foraging along the edge of a highway here in southeast Michigan. These birds are often found in large groups probing the ground for invertebrates to eat. Since open grassy areas are their main hunting grounds, they often live in close proximity to humans.
European starlings were introduced to North America in the 1890s and have since become very widespread and common. Some people regard them as pests for their gregarious and aggressive nature, and they may compete with certain native birds species for nesting sites. In spite of these issues, starlings have some impressive iridescent plumage and they’re rather beautiful to watch.