by Mark E. Schrull
2/10/14 Lorain Ohio – 10 degrees (F) here in South Lorain this morning. Total cloud cover obscured any sunrise. This morning visitors included a Black-capped Chickadee, the Downy and the Redheaded Woodpeckers, and those nasty European Starlings.
My father was a bird watcher. He always had a bird feeder in the back yard. I remember him telling me about Starlings when I was a boy. He considered them a nasty bird which steals crops by the ton, murders and eats the eggs of indigenous song birds, and builds filthy nests in vents and air-conditioners.
He also said they shouldn’t even be on this continent. He said fools released pairs in New York City’s Central Park. He was right. I consulted several reference books which confirm that some time around 1890, several nesting pairs were released. From those original birds, a “Pandora Box” of gigantic size had been opened.