Sunday, April 19, 2009
Bluebirds and more Flowers
I saw my first Bluebird last April with binoculars and managed to get a very fuzzy photograph as a record of my sighting. Perhaps half a dozen sightings were reported on our birding forum last season outside of the Guelph Lake area. Bluebirds are not endangered but many people are encouraging them with Bluebird box trails in rural areas of Ontario.
this interesting article about Bluebird/Tree Swallow competition on a Tree Swallow Projects webpage. The author** minimizes the problem and gives a historical perspective on Bluebird populations. (** Chris Gates, has left a thoughtful comment on this post)
Whatever issues there are between these two species, the numbers of Bluebirds in our region appear to be increasing. I have seen several this season and hope to be able to observe their behaviour more closely over the next few weeks.
In conclusion, here are the first daffodils I have seen outdoors this season. Are they in competition for space with the blue windflowers?* I think not, and the two go very well together. Hopefully the Bluebirds and Tree Swallows will also come to some sort of truce and share their space as well.
(* Thanks AC for the ID!)