Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bluebirds at Fiddlehead Farm

                                                                                                                                                            Bluebird photo by Don Norman

I made my usual trip out to Cold Creek Conservation Area yesterday, looking for the first returning Eastern Bluebird of the season but was unsuccessful, as I have been been for the last 10 days or so.   But on the trip home I took a swing through the hamlet of King Creek, south-east of Nobleton, and to my delight spotted three bluebirds ( two males and a female) in some bushes along a fenceline on Fiddlehead Farm, belonging to the Goodsoes.   The Goodsoe farm occupies the south-west corner of the King Sideroad and the Mill Road.   If bluebirds are successful at nesting this early in the season, then there is every likelihood, that they will be able to have three broods this year.   Normally, bluebirds have two broods per year.   The hazard in starting to nest in March, is that a nasty turn in the weather can kill off not only vulnerable nestlings, but could even cause adult birds to starve.   Three successful broods, on the other hand, improve the overall success rate of Bluebirds as they continue to make a long and welcome comeback in Eastern Canada.   I also spotted my first Turkey Vulture of the season yesterday, west of Nobleton, and a Coyote at King Creek.   The photo above was taken by Don Norman at Cold Creek a couple of years ago.
Please comment if you wish.
Barry Wallace

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