Date: 4/14/17 7:06 am From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Purple Martin Season Underway
The gourds at Parker River NWR are up, and nearly half are open for the new arrivals. We've expanded at Lot #1 this year by adding another pole and gourd array. There are decoys set up again, and they've already been photographed...
At the North End of the island, we've got 50% of the gourds open as well. The property at the north end of Plum Island will likely change hands in the next couple of years, and I'd very much like an established colony at Salisbury Beach State Reservation before that transaction transpires as one never knows what the future holds at the North End site....
Dave Adrien and I have a new pole and gourd array for Salisbury Beach State Reservation and are awaiting the Manager's site selection.
The Lot #1 hawk watchers have been so great in keeping me appraised with martin reports. Thank you, Ted & Ursula!!
I'll send regular updates as the season progresses. Feel free to contact me privately with any questions regarding our local martin colonies.
Good birding, Sue
Sue McGrath Newburyport Birders <newburyportbirders...> Cell # 978-204-2976