Saturday, February 23, 2008

Bluebirds in Ontario

Whooee! Well friends an' foes, Ma an' I was out fer a good walk this afternoon down to the soybean field. We had ol' Spot an' his new sister Ellie with us. Ellie's mostly rottweiler. Ma got 'er from the pound a while back an' she an' ol' Spot play pretty good together.

Anyways, while we was out I spotted a robin. I was fumblin' with my camera and never got a good pitcher o' the robin but while we was looking at the robin, we also seen a buncha bluebirds - probbly 5 or 6. I managed to snap a few not-bad pitchers of a bluebird. Here's a bluebird in Ontario, February 23, 2008.

I figger it's dang early to be seein' robins or bluebirds. We still got a pile o' snow on the ground. The bluebirds was eatin' sumac seeds. I don't know what the robins are eatin' this time o' year. There ain't many bugs or worms out an' about.



Steve V said...


That's a great pic, I don't think I've ever seen one. Not sure what robins eat now, but I know in early April they love eating about 80 bucks worth of apparently high quality grass seed ;)

bigcitylib said...

Nice shot. Don't think I've seen one in TO. Do they get down here?

The Mound of Sound said...

Great pic JB. Out here where the snow stays where it belongs - beautifully arrayed along the peaks - we too have seen the early arrival of robins, swans, and the whole gamut of migratory birds. They must know that good weather is on the way. Wish we got some of your bluebirds.

JimBobby said...

Thanks fer the kind words, fellers. I ain't sure if they go into Trawna. I've only seen 'em a few times and two of tghem times was within about a hunnert yards o' this most recent sighting.

There's been a push to get their number s up. If yer drivin' in the country an' you see some squarish birdhouses nailed to fence posts, them's bluebird houses. The push to repopulate started back in the 60's, I think.

There ain't any ready made houses where I been seein' 'em, though. Lotsa sumac pods an' I reckon that's what's bringin' 'em. I ain't been able to watch 'em long enough to hear 'em sing. I hear tell they can do a good job in the warblin' department.

We also got Tundra Swans wintering over on Lake Erie for the first time anybody knows about. They usually need to go further south to find enough open water.


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