But Tom,  Mozart was FOND of his starling.

Kate  "There are no bad birds, just bad attitudes"  Olgiati

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Slayton, Tom<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 1:51 PM
  Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Redpolls

  I had a similar experience yesterday noon,  just as the storm was blowing in
  -- a small flock of 6-8 redpolls feeding voraciously along with the usual
  cloud of goldfinches, purple finches, nuthatches, etc. Also yesterday had
  several pine siskins with (?) the redpolls -- and three very large,
  evil-looking starlings. No redpolls, siskins or starlings today.

          Tom Slayton

  > ----------
  > From:         Graham Bates
  > Reply To:     Vermont Birds
  > Sent:         Wednesday, March 9, 2005 12:11 PM
  > To:   [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
  > Subject:      [VTBIRD] Redpolls
  > As I headed out the door this cold, blustery AM I was greeted by a
  > small flock (6-8) of redpolls mixed in with an equal number of
  > goldfinches feeding on the thistle seed.  Only the second sighting of
  > redpolls at our feeder this year, so I was quite happy.  All the birds
  > must have been hungry after the cold night, because there was a lot of
  > action (chickadees and nuthatches as well) for 6:15am.
  > Graham
  > Waterbury, VT