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Tuesday October 11th 2011    Tim Candler

      Transient and lay-about Starlings can sometime be mistaken for Cedar Waxwing.   I saw a small parcel of them in a Cedar Tree.  I became excited, and I walked closer for a peer at them.  When they became alarmed and when they flew I recognized my error.  Unlike the European Wood Wasp, Starlings were intentionally introduced to the American continent, and they too flourished.  Toward November Starlings begin to flock.  By January they become clouds that swarm, and of those things to see in winter Starling Clouds invigorate.

     It's probably childish and best done when no one is looking.  But as a rule a Starling Cloud can be heard before it is seen.  Which gives a person his chance to put on his winter coat, and hide outside.  The barn is not a bad spot, but it's an impatient place because of the mess.   Better to stand stock still in the eave of a tree that keeps its leaves.  This way you can watch a Starling Cloud as it travels, and when it gets very close you can shout loudly up at it and clap your hands. And if you are very lucky, A Starling Cloud lands near to you which gives you your chance to risk a heart attack by running around like a mental patient..

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