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Old Jun 28, 2010, 5:19 AM   #11
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Another great set. Martins colonize don't they? Do you have a nest box set up for them? We have them out here but i have yet to see one.

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I looked for a pic in my archives to show the housing I had set up. I came up with this one from our great flood two years ago. It does show the same martin house and where the tall grass is marks the edge of our canal.

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Old Jun 28, 2010, 5:32 AM   #12
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Hi Greg,

I've no experience with these birds but your photos show that they are quite a social bird. They also seem to be showing how proud they are of their hunting skills to others in their group.

Very cool.

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Martins are social to the extreme. In fact, I don't believe I've seen them squable with one another. In the spring, the early ones will sit on the house and will begin to chatter whenever another flies overhead.

They do have specific requirements for housing, and they want humans in the proximity to drive off some of their predators. To me they are worth the trouble maintaining the colony, which I've had now for at least 10 years.
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....looks like a good hunt where each got a limit.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 5:56 AM   #14
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Just wanted to update.

One weekend later the martin house is not as busy. The young ones are out and flying with the parents. Its good to see a successful hatch.

The young ones aren't as good at using the air currents, and landing is not well refined, but they will improve quickly. They need to because they will move out quite soon, as they migrate much sooner than most birds.
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