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Went to the airport Friday evening, Sept. 25th, and found the martins have all moved on in the past ten days. Last saw some there on Sept. 16th. Hope they have a safe migration, and don't run into severe weather along the Gulf coast. So they ended up using the trees at the airport for nearly two and a half months this year as their roost which is about average for the big roosts we have seen here for the last thirty years.
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Thank you for the update Dick. Someday I plan to visit a large roost outside of my own state.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.