Date: 7/1/17 8:23 am
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9...>
Subject: Re: A first for me with Martins
Fascinating observation. Thanks!
J
On Jul 1, 2017, at 9:49 AM, Terry Butler <twbutler1941...> wrote:

> I have watched the Martins in my colony for well over 40 years. Yesterday I watched as an adult kept hovering around two of my boxes for over 10 minutes. It looked like it had a bloody head. I got my bins and saw it had caught, looked to be a Red Admiral butterfly. The wings had its sight blocked and it couldn't find the correct nest. It would land at the wrong level, then hover again. This went on for over 20 minutes, then finally the correct nest, in it went and out without a butterfly.
>
> My first, I have never seen a martin feeding a butterfly.
>
> Second, Martins can see through Dragonfly wings, but not butterfly.
>
> Third, I think Martins can find its way to its colony by coordinates, but it finds it's nest location by sight.
>
> Terry Butler
> Pangburn, AR
 
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