Bogson added the birds are noisy at night.
On the walkway to her home are two fake owls, but she said they’re not keeping the birds away.
The European starling was introduced to North America in the 1890s by Shakespeare enthusiasts who wanted everyone in the new land to know the birds that appear in his tales, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The starling is known for its ability to mimic the sounds of other birds and human speech. The starling makes its appearance in Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1" where Hotspur proposes to teach a starling to say "Mortimer" to disturb the king's sleep. Mozart was known to have kept a starling that learned his songs. He was so attached to the bird that when it died three years later, he held an elaborate funeral complete with a procession of mourners and graveside poetry recitations, according to an Indiana University research paper entitled "Mozart's Starling." Starlings can pose a health risk through their droppings. A fungus that causes respiratory disease may grow in the soils below their roosts and the spores may become airborne when disturbed, especially during dry weather. Most cases of infection are mild, according to the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.