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Old Apr 10, 2005, 7:44 AM   #1
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I have over 30 birds at my colony now.






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Old Apr 10, 2005, 8:17 AM   #2
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Nice shots, love the look of these birds, what are they?
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Old Apr 10, 2005, 1:38 PM   #3
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Look like some kind of swallows.
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Old Apr 10, 2005, 2:11 PM   #4
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Maybee they are martins? :?:
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Old Apr 10, 2005, 8:57 PM   #5
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These are Purple Martins. They are the largest of the swallow family. These guys winter in South America and come to North America and Canada starting in February to nest. They are cavity nesters and depend on man for their housing. The non-native European Starling and English Sparrows are more aggressive and have taken over the natural cavities. They feed on insects and drink on the wing. The American Indian first started hanging gourds for them so the martins could help control insects on their crops. They are beautiful birds!
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Old Apr 10, 2005, 9:33 PM   #6
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RDV...A colony of 30 is fantastic. Growing up back in Michiganwe had a similar flock during the late 70's. April 1st was a typical arrival date for Western Michigan.

I would watch them for hours. Although other Swallows areinteresting , nothing compares to the antics of Purple Martins. It felt like a blessing for them to choose our houses for nesting. But they neverstayed until we raised the Trio Houses to near 20 ft. Very picky birds. And then after about a 10 year run, they never came back. Enjoy them and post more photos when you can.

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