2019 Purple Martin Report

The third season for Purple Martins at Jacob’s Point was most productive – nine pair nested and thirty six chicks were fledged.

Mid April produced few birds but as it warmed many young birds new to the area were calling Warren their home. Late June brought in a banded female bird. We never had a chance to read the band but she will return in the spring.

Steven Reinert of the Saltmarsh Sarrow Research Initiaitive showed a group of us how to band the martin chicks. Monitor Ginger Brown and her group helped with 28 chicks being banded.

In late July a flock of local and migrant birds stopped by, perhaps 80 or so, to check out the site and many of the dead trees in the area were covered with fledglings, many with bands.

The site was looked after by Ginger Brown and her wonderful group from LIFE, Inc. and by John Tracy who is responsible for the attached photos.

The next step will be to lower the gourds and prepare them for winter storage … and the return of the birds next spring!!

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