Dead Swallows and my Cousins Blog!
Spider photo by kirispupis
It has been such a busy week for me and I am trying to get things done before the weather gets better. Just seems like everything is happening at once!! I did get out today and checked all the bluebird boxes before all the birdies start building their nest. My stomach dropped as soon as I looked in the first box with 9 dead swallows in it. This was the worse feeling since I monitor about 50 different boxes here in Allegany State Park. I then couldn’t help but to do the math in my head, uggg!! I quickly ran back to my truck for the rubber gloves and a grocery bag to put them in. I closely inspected every one of the birds that I removed for bands or anything else that I could find on them. Lucky many of the other boxes I checked were empty and those few which did have swallows in them only had 1 or 2 dead birds in them. I probably removed about 20-25 birds total from the boxes and is much better than I had originally expected (but still very sad to find). Surprisingly none of them had bands on their legs but I did find that 90% of the birds were adults. I only found one bluebird pair who had already started nest building (but have a suspicion they did this before the storm hit). I am anticipating that there are 7 bluebird pairs on territory which is much better than most years and with the warmer weather they should be getting busy here soon.
Photos by kirispupis
Just a few hours ago I learned that my cousin has a wonderful blog at Joe Calev’s Weblog. Since high school graduation we lost connections and gone our separate ways. What is great about family is that over the past year we have reconnected and through flickr we have found ourselves talking about photography, our jobs, life, ect.. catching up with old times. But with many emails, seeing each other in the fall; it is funny how I can’t remember us ever talking about our blogs that we have. I just love this post he did talking about macro shots with bugs “look-at-me” and you will also find another great post on the “one photo that changed my life”. Do note that he does have some post talking computer talk that is way over my head! But, with many of our visits and comments, maybe we can get him to do more post on the wonderful photography he does.