Friday, February 15. 2019
Nestlings often have no feathers at all, just bare pinkish grey skin and will have fluffy down patches instead of feathers.
Starlings are cavity dwellers, their preference is to nest in the stove and bathroom exhaust vents. The warm, dry, secluded shelter provides protection from other animals and humans, making it a safe place to live. They can cause the infestation of insects, disturbing noises and unpleasant odours resulting from their feces.
In keeping with our humane approach to solving wildlife intrusions, Gates Wildlife Control developed a unique approach to reunite the parent starlings with their babies. To do this the babies are placed in a release jug, fashioned in such a way to keep the babies inside yet allowing continued access by the adult starlings to feed their young. Once the babies have reached flying age they will leave the jug on their own.
Have you ever had a look at your outside wall vents? Do they have flaps missing, nesting material sticking out or feces down the wall below it? If so you may have a mother bird preparing her nest for the fast approaching Spring season. Call Gates Wildlife today if you notice any of these signs.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.