The Brits love their birds.
But not so for a dairy farmer from the Somerset Levels who told BBC News
that roosting starlings and their salmonella-laden poop contaminating feed has led to the loss of 40 calves and is costing his business up to £40,000 a year.
He fears the droppings may also result in salmonella in his cattle’s dairy milk.
Thousands of starlings migrate from Baltic countries, such as Russia, to Somerset and other parts of the UK over the winter months.
In recent years their murmurations as they prepare to roost have become a major attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
RSPB spokesman, Graham Madge, said, "The fact that starlings are visiting Somerset are not because the RSPB are encouraging them, it’s basically because these birds can find plenty of food in areas that are relatively warm for the winter.”