European starlings are in the neighbourhood and on wet days, they land on the front or back lawns.
They are stout little creatures, with long, sturdy, pointed beaks.
The young birds have grey brown colouring, the older ones are black.
They do everything as a flock and are noisy, flying around the neighbourhood looking for their next meal, a drink or a bath.
A dead tree in the neighbourhood is a favourite observation deck.
If we make any noise while they are on the lawn, they fly to the nearby fence to assess the threat.
Their pursuit of food makes for interesting photos while they are on the lawn. Bottoms in the air,
their heads are deep in the grass as they dig for insects, worms or grubs after the rain.
These starlings were introduced to North America when one hundred birds were released in Central Park, New York in the 1890s. Many generations later, there is a flock in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, descendants of those immigrants, who adapted and made the best of their lives on the new continent. It sounds like a familiar story. Bottoms up indeed!