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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday bird blogging

All of the interesting birds have been keeping themselves mostly out of sight during this migration season -- or at least, out of my sight.

So here's a starling, another common, much-vilified import, and certainly they weren't brought over from Europe because of their sparkling personalities. In the summer, when they have that purple and green iridescence, they look gaudy and overblown, and if they'd been offered as inspiration to the contestants on Project Runway along with the ravens and cockatoos last week, Nina Garcia would definitely be complaining about their taste level.

But in the fall the plumage is much more low-key, and if the speckles mixed with those brown-tipped wings would never land them a spread in Marie Claire, there's still something jaunty about the tiny white chevrons tipping each feather.

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