Help Please

I am bewildered–unable to identify the birds that feed on bugs in our lawn.  They look like this.


They come down in large flocks to feed on the ground.  They move around in erratic patterns, sometimes running and sometimes leaping into the air to snatch a bug on the wing.  Here another image that was taken in full sun.


Do you have any idea what these birds might be?

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

7 thoughts on “Help Please

  1. Starlings mimick other birds and have been known to talk. We get these birds on the lawns here too. The cats love to watch the drama as they all get spooked and take flight at once…only to settle across the street.

    • It’s fun to watch them foraging across the grass. Then rise up in a single cloud. I keep learning more each day.

  2. The phrase “large flocks” is a good clue to what are immature European Starlings. This species (mentioned in Shakespeare’s works) was repeatedly introduced to North America back in the late 1800s, and sadly has since displaced many native cavity-nesting birds.

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