Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sparkles the pet starling

Sparkles has now decided he wants to be a human.  On Saturday afternoon we came in for a snack after cleaning out the chicken coop.  We were all in the kitchen when all of a sudden I noticed Sparkles peering in the window looking like he wanted to come in.  So Christian opened the window and he immediately hopped up on his shoulder.

Do you want a snack Sparkles?
He ruffled his feathers at the root beer.  No thanks.
Don't worry, that is not bird poop on his shoulder, it's whitewash splatters from the chicken coop painting party.
After flying into the family room, Aiden was able to catch him and walk him back outside.
He was back at the kitchen window this morning again while we were eating breakfast, although we decided to not let him in this time.
Good morning Sparkles!

It is the strangest thing.  Who ever heard of a pet starling?  We couldn't stand these birds before.  They make messy nests in the pole barn, poop all over everything, and make a huge racket out there.  It is funny because we weren't even trying to tame him, he just decided that he wanted to be friends with us!  I guess we still don't like starlings in general, but this one sure has won us over.


  1. Unbelievable! I can't wait to show Jay; he'll think it's the coolest thing ever. I'm thankful that Sparkles has erased my prejudice towards starlings. :) He's adorable!

  2. It just goes to show us that ALL God's creatures have redeeming possibilities. It is quite amazing, considering that most of us despise that bird!!

  3. This is amazing. Starlings are very mean birds. What an unusual thing to happen. I wonder if he got separated from his flock or did he get mistreated one too many times. Maybe he is just smart and figured out where to get the food.


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