Dead Martin

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malachy cleary
Posts: 70
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:01 pm
Location: cold spring n.y.
Martin Colony History: First breeding pair in 2011. Site moved up hill 350 feet at beginning of nesting season
2019 to accommodate road construction.
Colony seems to have weathered the upheaval

While doing a walk under of a T-14 next to
A grit patch where I spread egg and oyster shells I found a dead
Subadult Male. It was intact and seemed to have a bite or peck hole
On its right shoulder . It was found also right below an active Stsling nest
In a vertical natural gourd that I've been controlling with nest tear outs.
I found two more blue eggs in that gourd the day after.
The subadult makes fight like maniacs especially around that grit pile.
I suspect it was killed by another subadult or that Starling. Because it was intact I don't think it was a hawk or owl. Your thoughts ?
Mitch Booth
Posts: 480
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

My thoughts are to shoot the Starling. I've witnessed HOSP and Starlings attack and destroy my bluebird, tree swallow, chickadee and wood duck housing. They will go in and remove eggs and had a dead tree swallow that got trapped inside a cavity when the HOSP entered. Removing the nests will not control them. Trap and shoot as much as you can!!

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
malachy cleary
Posts: 70
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:01 pm
Location: cold spring n.y.
Martin Colony History: First breeding pair in 2011. Site moved up hill 350 feet at beginning of nesting season
2019 to accommodate road construction.
Colony seems to have weathered the upheaval

I shoot them whenever I can. They are tricky quarry though,
Wary of humans
ToyinPA
Posts: 2166
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

I would guess starling. All it takes is one good peck from a starling to kill a martin.

You need to get rid of it ASAP, any way you can. We tried shooting them, but they quickly learned to watch our house/windows/etc. So we put up a wood house trap. PMCA sells them. Works great. We mounted ours on the garage wall.

Toy in PA
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malachy cleary
Posts: 70
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:01 pm
Location: cold spring n.y.
Martin Colony History: First breeding pair in 2011. Site moved up hill 350 feet at beginning of nesting season
2019 to accommodate road construction.
Colony seems to have weathered the upheaval

I have a nest box trap in place, but the starlings have already chosen their nests. This one chose a natural gourd that I don't have s trap for unfortunately otherwise he would have been dispatched long ago
Thanks
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