After a busy day yesterday I was meant to be getting on with some revision for my GCSE mocks next week, but I was sent a Tweet with a request for a bird ID.
I’ll admit I’m not the best at bird identification, so I passed it on to Toby who is much more experienced that me.
Within a few moments Toby came through with an identification of a Rose-coloured Starling.
As the bird was quite local to me, I was luckily invited to go and see it.
Only 5 minutes after we settled down in the kitchen, the bird flew on to an apple tree close to the kitchen door, then hopped down to the ground and started feeding on the apples.
It was quite comfortable sharing the apples with the local Blackbirds and only disappeared back up in to the nearby trees for a short time before returning again.
Rose-coloured Starlings or Rosy starling (Pastor roseus) originates from eastern Europe, breeding in places like Albania, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine, so it was quite an event to see one in Oxfordshire.