For two weeks, squawking European Starlings were noisy at the back of our house. We heard them every time we sat on the deck. The Starlings were kind of annoying. There’s nothing pretty to our ears about their vocalizations. They were introduced to N. America in the 19th century by Shakespeare enthusiasts according to All About Birds.
Update 29 May 2016: They appear to have left the nest. No sign of any birds today.
I looked out our bedroom window which is near the deck and about 12 feet above the ground. I spotted the source of the Starling commotion. In a knot hole were three babies peering out patiently waiting for a parent to bring food.
They took turns pushing each other aside for the best position. When food comes, there is usually only enough for one. If you are first in line, you have the advantage.
They kept a close watch all around. At the slightest hint a parent was nearing with food, they opened their mouths to get ready. There were several false alarms.
In a few minutes, they spotted a parent with food. Beaks flew open. Me! Me! Me! Feed me!
I continued to watch for a while. To my surprise, another bird showed up at the nest. It was a Red Bellied Woodpecker. It looked curious. I wondered if it would grab one and fly off with it. BlueJays will do that. It half-heartedly pecked at a the babies a couple of times, then moved in closer for a better look. The Starlings retreated as far back as possible. Soon the woodpecker left and life was back to normal.