Thursday, January 13, 2011

They're coming!

Purple martins, that is. A landlord in Pleasanton, TX, has already reported his first scout! The male arrived January 8, according to the Scout Arrival Study page at Purple Martin Conservation Association.

This is THE year! (After two previous years of watching an empty house.) We will have our first martin colony. We will we will we will we will.......

2 comments:

mkircus said...

Someone visiting in the Austin area excitedly reported seeing Purple Martins in Austin in early December. A few days later they said several people had politely told them they were decoys. But last year a friend of mine in Houston had decoys and also played the scout's song to lure in young Martins. She was successful in getting some to nest in her box.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I'm afraid I'm too lazy to play the Dawn Song for potential tenants. However, we DID buy decoys last month and gave two of the four to our neighbors, who are trying to entice martins to return to their houses.

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