The European Starling is a medium sized black bird with dark feathering and bright yellow beaks on the male birds. European starlings were intentionally introduced into the United States in Central Park, New York because those admiring the works of Shakespeare wanted to see all the birds mentioned in his creations represented in North America. One of the contributors to the success of this invasive species is the starlings’ flexibility in habitat selection. Starlings are prolific breeders producing on average one to two clutches per year with four to six eggs per clutch for each nesting pair. Eggs are incubated for approximately 12 days before hatching and then it takes about 3 weeks for nestlings to fledge. Starlings can live for approximately 2-3 years or more.
Some of the most common spots that they are known to reside are cavity type areas. What exactly does that mean? This means that the birds like to be inside holes that are already existing on structures. As pictured here, this is a nest inside of a house dryer vent, packed full of nesting material. Some other normally used spaces are:
Bathroom exhaust vents
Kitchen exhaust vents
When dealing with these birds, all access points must be secured otherwise they will fly around the structure and attempt to rebuild new nesting. For help dealing with these birds you can call 425-256-3883 for an inspection and repair quote!