I took this at the store yesterday. Say what you will about starlings, they do look pretty cool in their spotty plumage this time of year.
For all those saying, "Hey, I thought you said blackbirds would be gone by now!" They will be gone soon. As soon as we get some snow they will be gone. In the meantime, it's fun to appreciate the male red-wing blackbird's red patches with the fall colors. The starlings will be here all winter. If you want to cut back on the number of starlings coming only feed seeds in a hard shell. They can't crack them open.
I also hear from Denny Martin that they turkeys in his backyard bully away the blackbirds for access to his millet, so try to attract some turkeys.