Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Starlings are very common birds found all over the UK with millions more arriving from the continent in winter. They are black with a purple and green iridescence (shine) and yellow beaks.
They are seen as a pest to farmers when they land to eat corn in fields but they really prefer leatherjackets and wireworms under the soil. They often land in large flocks on playing fields and gardens as well.
They are very skilled song mimics and can easily pretend to be other birds! Starlings make a high-pitched squeal when they land on ledges and trees together.
Murmurations (large, dancing, flying flocks) can be seen in the dusk sky in many areas near here. (see video below)