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yellow
Starling
Canola
Sturnus vulgaris
European Starling
backroad
Order: Passeriformes
SE of Calgary
Frank Lake area
by farmer's field
Family: Sturnidae
Alberta
Canada
avian
nature
birds
bokeh
bird
golden
crop
ornithology
fence post
juvenile
perched
Genus: Sturnus


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European Starling juvenile

European Starling juvenile
This (blurry!) bird was seen on 12 July 2014, when I spent a few hours driving the backroads SE of Calgary, in the Frank Lake area. It's so unusual for me to see and photograph a bird that I don't recognize, meaning that I don't see a lot of less usual birds, but I saw two that day (the other turned out to be a Vesper Sparrow). If anyone can tell me the ID of the bird in my photo, that would be greatly appreciated! The background was a colourful field of Canola : )

Thanks to Jack Hayden who identified this as a juvenile European Starling. I don't think I've ever seen a juvenile before, lol!

My first stop was at Frank Lake, where I saw a few more Eared Grebes with their quite large "babies". The light was really bad, so it was impossible to get photos that showed colour and details. Saw Soras again - love these little guys, they are so cute. A few very distant White-faced Ibis, but I lucked out later, finding a lone Ibis at a slough somewhere around the lake.

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/european_starling/id

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_starling

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