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Old Jun 25, 2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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I went back to the tennis courts this morning and watched the purple martin whose nest is in a lighting standard on the adjacent softball field. Caught dad delivering breakfast to the little ones.
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Old Jun 25, 2007, 12:52 PM   #2
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Hi Trojansoc, those are starlings you have nesting there. In flight they do resemble martins but have a shorter wing span and larger body. The long yellow beak and long legs are a dead ringer for starlings. They are non-native birds brought here in the 1800's and have caused a lot of destruction to our native cavity nesting birds. Most Purple Martins nest in colonies in man-made housing because of the starlings and english sparrow and lots of the martins and their babies are killed by these two non-native birds. Good feeding shot!

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I hope you don't mind if I post this shot of a male and female purple martin and if you do let me know and I will remove it



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Old Jun 25, 2007, 2:27 PM   #3
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Ron, II never mind being corrected when I'm wrong, but I must admit to some confusion.

There are a couple of things about this bird that I don't associate with the starlings I've seen most of my life. This bird is smaller and thinner and doesn't have the green glossy hue in the sun on the wings that I've always seen with starlings. I've also never seen this bird walking on the ground pecking around for food.

I have shot male and female martins together at this same location on a couple of occasions,but I admit I was troubled because I never saw a typical female martincoloration at the nest.

Thanks for the correction. I just got fooled.
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Thank you for not taking offense. I would never like to come off as a know-it-all or to hurt someone's feelings. I have a martin colony with 107 nesting pairs this year and really enjoy having them around until they head back to South America after fledging. I'd like to share a pic of my colony with you.



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