Silly Starling

starling with catkin
Silly Starling

This starling was very pleased with him or herself that he or she had found this catkin from the river birch, running around and shaking it and showing it off to other birds. I’m sure I’m reading human intent into the act, but that’s what it looked like from inside the house. Until you think that the word “catkin” is taken from the old Dutch word for “kitten”. So perhaps the starling thought he had actually caught a kitten?

Starlings have lovely plumage, iridescent right now while they are breeding, and lots of little stars all over.

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