Gloria's Birds: Common as they are, this is one of my first images of a European Starling

Saturday, June 18, 2022

 
Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

We must not hang out in the same places:)

Our European Starlings are all descendants of between 60 and 100 starlings introduced into New York City's Central Park in 1890. European Starlings were first recorded not long after in Washington, in 1943.

They were brought here intentionally by some folks who wanted the U.S. to contain all of the birds mentioned by Shakespeare in his writing!

--Gloria Z. Nagler




1 comments:

Paul Michel,  June 19, 2022 at 9:25 AM  

Here's a recent NYT piece debunking the Shakespeare story, which I'd heard all my life. It's a good take not only on starlings, but on the reach and power of misinformation, even unintentional, even in the pre-internet age. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/11/science/starlings-birds-shakespeare.html

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