The European Starling was introduced to North America back in the late 1800s. It is now common across the continent, living in close proximity to people. Starlings tend to construct their nests in trees or other tall places like buildings. They like to live close to a water source and open green space, where they can easily forage for small invertebrates, insects berries, grains and garbage.
Starlings are masters of vocal mimicry and are able to learn up to 20 different calls of other species. They are also able to learn words, mimicking specific voices if they are around the individual long enough. Starlings only molt their feathers once a year yet are able to change their patterns and spots a few times throughout the year. This is a very intriguing ability. The Starlings, although often considered pests, are very adaptive and intelligent.
Just as the Starling continues to learn, Pacific Landing is creating an environment that will foster our residents ability to continually learn. With our many amenities and close proximity to Royal Roads University, residents will be able to lead active and engaged lifestyles.
If Pacific Landing sounds like the place for you, register with us today.
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