Monday, December 6, 2021

European Starling

At the Nisqually national wildlife refuge on 1 December 2021, Erika and I followed an European Starling as we walked down the estuary boardwalk. Suddenly the starling stopped, and its bill disappeared into the boardwalk. 
We checked out what the bird could be eating, but we found nothing. We suspect the starling drank rainwater that collected in a shallow depression in the wood. Freshwater may well be at a premium in the saltwater estuary. Starlings are known to drink water from crevices in tree bark (Cabe 2020).

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