A visit to my Amish friend

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Unk Bond
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Hello All
Visited my Amish friend yesterday. He now has 15 Birds.
Went up to my Amish friends to tell the pole was free for him to pick up.
He said wait a minuet. Want to show you something. He went his house and brought out a little plastic bag.

There was 2 long objects that resembled 2 long pine needles. They were 8 1/2 inches long and they had a slight V long ways. .
The 2 pieces was held together with part of the bids body. He said the little bird came in. And couldn't get in the bird house. He noticed thes two things hanging dow. He let his bird house down and removed the two objects from the bird.

He ask me if I thought the bird carried them from Brazil.
Tomorrow I will take a picture of them.
Still no birds. :cry: [ Later
brent
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Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Got my attention.
Brent
PMDavid
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Got my attention too. Cant wait to know what it was.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

I'm in
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Unk Bond
Posts: 287
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Hello All
Just got back. From taking a picture. Here it is'.
The round clump at the end. II part of the Martin flesh. Where it was attached. Later
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Picture sir?
Tom
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Unk Bond
Posts: 287
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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C.C.Martins wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:06 pm
Picture sir?
Helllo
I posted it. Must have been to big. Didn't preview. Saw 4 Martins and ran out side. Will try again. [ Later
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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

So that was stuck in a martins feathers? Do you think its a pine needle? Looks like one, but what are your thoughts?

Hope the martins stayed?
Tom
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Unk Bond
Posts: 287
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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C.C.Martins wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:18 pm
So that was stuck in a martins feathers? Do you think its a pine needle? Looks like one, but what are your thoughts?

Hope the martins stayed?
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Hello Tom
They were stuck in the birds body. When taken out had flesh on the end.
My thoughts its nothing I have seen in the US. [ Later
SSMartin
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Could these be some sort of antennas? Either gps or telemetry that were glued to the martins skin?
ToyinPA
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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.

Is it metal? If not is it plant, dried pine needles?

They look like some type of pine needle. There are 2 types of pine trees that grow in Mexico with long needles. The needles grow 7-15 inches in length & in clusters of 5. The needles are used to weave baskets.

The trees are called: pinus michoacana & pinus montesume

It's possible this bird flew into the tree & got stabbed by a set of needles that got stuck in his body or pine sap caused it to stick & then it dried fast.

Toy in PA
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Unk Bond
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ToyinPA wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:26 pm
Is it metal? If not is it plant, dried pine needles?

They look like some type of pine needle. There are 2 types of pine trees that grow in Mexico with long needles. The needles grow 7-15 inches in length & in clusters of 5. The needles are used to weave baskets.

The trees are called: pinus michoacana & pinus montesume

It's possible this bird flew into the tree & got stabbed by a set of needles that got stuck in his body or pine sap caused it to stick & then it dried fast.

Toy in PA
Qoute = The trees are called: pinus michoacana & pinus montesume
I looked it up on the net.

Very possible this is it. The 2 pieces I felt had a slight V indentation length wise. [ Later
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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

yeah wow, looks like the needles! Think Toy has that one sewn up. Get it? Sorry.
That would speak to the route that bird took. I trust your going to keep it?
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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.

C.C.Martins wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:38 pm
yeah wow, looks like the needles! Think Toy has that one sewn up. Get it? Sorry.
That would speak to the route that bird took. I trust your going to keep it?
HaHa...I am a sewist & quilter....so yeah i got it sewn up :lol:

Toy in PA
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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1143
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

:lol:
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
brent
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Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Did the martin survive? Hard to conclude that this bird flew into a mess if pine needles and that they stuck to it's skin. Really?
Brent
brent
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Did the martin survive? Hard to conclude that this bird flew into a mess if pine needles and that they stuck to it's skin. Really?
Brent
Unk Bond
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brent wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:48 pm
Did the martin survive? Hard to conclude that this bird flew into a mess if pine needles and that they stuck to it's skin. Really?
Brent
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Hello Brent
Yepper the bird survived [ Later
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