European Starling

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<h3>19th Century</h3>
<p>After several unsuccessful attempts at introduction, including one in Cincinnati in 1872-73, European starlings were first introduced into the United States in 1890-91. It is said that they were released in New York by Eugene SchefflandSchieffelin, who wanted to bring to the U.S. all of the birds mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. </p>
<h3>20th Century</h3>
<p>The first starling sighted in Ohio was in 1916. Their numbers exploded in the early 1920s until they could be found in all eighty-eight counties. By the end of the decade, flocks of 1,000 - 5,000 birds were commonly seen in the fall. At Buckeye Lake in the 1930s, a flock of over 100,000 was seen. Starlings are now permanent residents in the state, with large flocks of them being seen throughout the year. Ohio has the largest breeding population of starlings in North America. </p>