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Old Wednesday 5th February 2020, 22:51   #1
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Purple Martins

I'm starting a Purple Martin discussion thread. Here is a photo story of me and my Purple Martins. I thought you might enjoy it. I'd like to know your thoughts on it.

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Old Thursday 6th February 2020, 10:40   #2
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What do ya'll think of it?

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Old Friday 7th February 2020, 00:12   #3
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Hey, the Purple Martins are coming up into United States as far as North Carolina! Can't wait till they are reaching PA! See the link.

https://www.purplemartin.org/researc...arrival-study/
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Hi Jefferson Shank,

A wonderful story and a great photo essay. Glad to see all the good work.

When I was growing up on the Canadian prairies there was a big push for folks to build Purple Martin nest boxes. Some of the one I saw back then were so big they had a 4x4 post in each corner with each post anchored in concrete. This push contributed greatly to the re-establishment of populations all across the Canadian prairies.
There is a Marina at Newcastle island Provincial park in British Columbia that has multiple martin boxes on each piling. When the tide is up the boxes are a mere 4 or 5 feet off the dock. Both the birds and the boaters seem to get along just fine.
The photos below are from that marina.
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We have a colony set up at Leaser Lake NW of Allentown, PA. They started three years ago with 18 "gourds". Last year they put in another 18 and they all were mostly full. We banded over 100 nestlings last summer. So we're adding another set of 18 on the opposite shore of the lake.
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Great to hear, I've noticed on my home turf on the prairies that even non birders will build and put up Purple Martin boxes. All you have to do to motivate them is mention how many mosquitos they eat a day.
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They eat an amazing amount of insects a day. One bird can eat up to 2,000 mosquitoes per day plus a bunch of other insects. That's a lot of insects!
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They eat an amazing amount of insects a day. One bird can eat up to 2,000 mosquitoes per day plus a bunch of other insects. That's a lot of insects!
Important when one is living on the prairies or the Canadian north where clouds of mosquitos can darken the sky or so it seems.
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They eat an amazing amount of insects a day. One bird can eat up to 2,000 mosquitoes per day plus a bunch of other insects. That's a lot of insects!
Oops I was wrong on that figure! After some more research I found out that that was a myth. CLICK HERE
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They are into North Carolina and heading toward Virginia already!

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First Subadult Purple Martin reported in Florida! Scout Arrival Study
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Jefferson Hi,
All I can add fwiw, is that I saw my first Purple Martins in a colony, in a marina at Sauvie Island, Portland Oregon c5 years ago, at the time it was mentioned that they were in decline? Thus it’s good to know that they are re-or/colonising new areas with the introduction of gourds and boxes.
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A FOY Purple Martin arrived at our colony this morning! An ASY male.
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First one at the Leaser Lake colony (Kempton, PA) showed up on Saturday.
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