It is indeed the season for starlings.
But wait - that's not all.
Below we have an opossum (Trichosurus vulpecula deceasedi) protruding from the side of old ZK-HDQ at Pukaki Airfield (Twizel) on 13-11-2011.
A closer view shows it to actually be wire braced and bunged into the foot step as a starling deterrent.
Did it really work Russell ?