Dive bombing Martins.

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Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:43 am
Location: Corpus Christi

Thankfully my Martins are doing very well this year. I have chicks that fledged and have joined the flock. I have noticed that the Martins are very protective of their air space and what they have been doing is dive bombing the grackles. They chase them off and are hot on their tails. The Martins are way more agile than the grackles and therefore are unable to shake them off. It’s kind of a fun sight to see. And the Martins are screeching all along. Has anyone else experience this behavior ?
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

My martins seem to have a vary keen sense of what birds can harm them and which ones cannot. A large hawk like a red tail or a buzzard can cruise by and they pay no attention. If a coopers hawk or sharp shinned hawk get within eyesight they scatter and many of them will dive bomb those. They don't like crows but mockers and other birds they don't pay attention to. Ive never seen them pay any attention to grackles.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
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