Date: 9/13/17 9:58 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [plumislandbirds] <plumislandbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [PIBirds] Purple Martin Nesting Season 2017 - Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Hi, Birders,

This was the first season for a 12 gourd array at this site.  We were
hoping for some interest from a few martins,
and fortunately, the martins took to the gourds.  The beach is surf
raked daily, and some of the nests contained
pine needles as nest material as there's no wrack to collect for their
nests [the wood chip base was provided
by the landlord].

Gourds: 12
Nests: 3
Eggs: 4
Young: 2
Nonviable Eggs: 2

Good birding,

Sue McGrath, Purple Martin Landlord
Newburyport, MA


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