Monarchs vs. Birds

Asked August 27, 2020, 11:37 AM EDT

Our rain/pollinator garden is adjacent to our bird feeders. Ever since the Monarch butterflies took over the rain garden enjoying the Meadow Blazing Star we have had no birds at the bird feeders. It has not been unusual to have 20-30 Monarchs in the rain garden plus additional Monarchs "snoozing" in the trees. Do Monarchs and birds not get along? Thank you! Cathy~

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

We don't know of any information, research-based or anecdotal, that suggests that birds and monarch butterflies compete or otherwise clash here at this time of year.

Although birds do feed on wintering monarch butterflies, we don't know how often that happens here in summer. In any case, if that was happening in your garden you would probably be seeing more birds there now rather than fewer.

The coming and going of many bird species is somewhat unpredictable at this time of year.