Save a young European Starling

A European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) tears its beak wide open and presents its orange-yellow throat. Ist mothers prey is quickly stuck in his throat. What sounds like an everyday story in the breeding season of Starlings could mean the last meal for the young European Starling. It has been raining the whole day. The blades of grass between which he ducks are soaking wet. It is evening and at night it should go down to freezing point. The combination of cold and wet could mean death for the European Starling. We watched the show from the kitchen window. Once again the little one is fed by a parent. Then the little European Starling crouches even deeper into the wet grass and the Starling parents are no longer visible. We have mercy. I take the bird feeder for winter feeding out of the shed and prepare dry hay. I also get a few mealworms. Then I catch the Starling. The first impression was not wrong. The young Starling is still far too young to feed himself, let alone move more than bouncy. Flying is out of any question. The young bird screams loudly when I grab him. But I don’t give up, I reach into a plastic bowl with mealworms and try to offer it to him. But it is completely unimpressed. A mealworm finally hangs out from the side of its beak. I put the bird feeder on some poles to fix the tree, drape the hay so that he can make it really comfortable and put the young Starling in the feeder. So it is at least somewhat protected from the neighbor’s cat. I also add a bowl of mealworms for strengthening. We disappear behind the kitchen window again. Not very long, then the young star stands on the edge of the birdhouse and pulls the soul out of his body. But no adult bird can be seen far and wide. After all, the young Starling can warm up for the mealworms. Hunger outweighs fear and a mealworm disappears upside down in its beak.

Nevertheless, human ideas and animal interests don’t seem to be entirely compatible. When we look again at the young guest after the daily television news, it has already made off again. But first we notice an adult bird in the meadow. Then we see, that the young Starling found a connection. A little later, the young Starling can also be seen looking for protection under the Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens). A little later the young bird disappeared completely. Good luck little Starling!

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