Category: 2004 Martins

07/20/04

Permalink 06:58:01 am, Categories: 2004 Martins, 38 words   English (US)

Final tallies for 2004 season

46 eggs laid
40 birds hatched
39 young fledged

Gourd 1: 5 fledged
Gourd 2: 5 fledged
Gourd 3: 1 egg
Gourd 4: nothing
Gourd 5: 3 fledged
Gourd 6: 6 fledged
Gourd 7: 6 hatched, 5 fledged
Gourd 8: 6 fledged
Gourd 9: 1 egg
Gourd 10: (solar panel)
Gourd 11: 6 eggs, 4 hatched and fledged
Gourd 12: 7 eggs, 5 hatched and fledged

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06/03/04

Permalink 01:44:00 pm, Categories: 2004 Martins, 41 words   English (US)

Winding down...

Today's nest check did not reveal any hoped for surprises (new nests in
gourds 2 or 9?) - but did reveal a dead bird in gourd 7. No obvious cause
of death - suspicions are choking/stung by food.
The last 3 fledglings remain in gourd #10 (GourdCAM).

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05/17/04

Permalink 07:03:58 am, Categories: 2004 Martins, 78 words   English (US)

Hawk attack

The fledglings that hang around the colony are initially very slow to take flight
when the other martins alert. Yesterday this cost one of them as a hawk
swept in and got him. The other martins continued to mob the hawk, but after
resting on the ground for a few seconds with his meal, he flew off across the
water. Hopefully the existing two decoys will act as recipients of a hawk
attack instead of the real thing.

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05/13/04

Permalink 02:43:15 pm, Categories: 2004 Martins, 12 words   English (US)

A few cool pictures from the colony today...

Click any of these for full size versions.

A Dip:

A Dip

Feeding Sequence:

A Dip
A Dip
A Dip

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05/07/04

Permalink 05:24:05 pm, Categories: 2004 Martins, 28 words   English (US)

A few more late bloomers...

During yesterday's nest check, two more babies were surprisingly discovered in gourd 11. That gourd had had the same eggs in it for about 4 weeks - longer than normal hatching.
Landlord Jim being warned away from the colony by impatient parent

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